How do I know if I need pelvic floor therapy?
Getting into the pelvic floor requires some preparatory steps. The first step is to identify if you have any symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction. Then, you can seek treatment to correct the problem.
Symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction
Symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction can vary depending on the individual and the cause. The symptoms can be very uncomfortable and may affect the quality of life. The condition can be treated using a variety of methods.
Pelvic floor dysfunction is a condition that occurs when the muscles that support the bladder and urethra become too weak or relaxed. This may cause straining during bowel movements and can be very painful. Depending on the severity of the condition, a doctor may prescribe medication, physical therapy, or a pessary.
Pelvic floor dysfunction can be treated with pelvic floor therapy and biofeedback. A doctor may also recommend changing your diet to help relieve the symptoms. A fiber-rich diet can help improve bowel movement. The fiber helps with digestion and can make bowel movements easier. If symptoms are worsening, however, you may need to avoid certain foods.
Pelvic floor dysfunction is not dangerous for most people. However, it can interfere with normal function of vital organs. It may also cause pelvic organ prolapse, which is an abnormal bulge in the vagina. It can also cause ongoing stress incontinence.
Pelvic floor dysfunction can be prevented with proper diet, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle. However, there are some risk factors that increase the risk of pelvic floor dysfunction. Some of these risk factors include age, obesity, and pregnancy.
Treatment options for pelvic floor dysfunction
Fortunately, there are several treatment options for pelvic floor dysfunction. They range from home remedies to medication to surgery. These treatments are based on the patient’s specific needs. However, most pelvic floor dysfunction conditions can be treated with non-surgical methods.
Pelvic floor physical therapy involves using exercises and manual techniques to relax the muscles. This type of therapy may be recommended by an OB-GYN or a urologist.
Pelvic floor physical therapy in our area can help to ease symptoms and improve bladder control. Pelvic floor physical therapists often use biofeedback to monitor pelvic muscle activity. They may use video to record contractions or externally placed electrodes to test for muscle spasms.
Some pelvic floor dysfunction patients may require injections of anti-inflammatory or pain reliever medications. These injections may provide temporary relief. If the injections do not work, the doctor may recommend a surgical procedure. These surgeries may be necessary in cases of large rectoceles or in more severe cases.
Pelvic floor physical therapists also teach patients exercises to improve their coordination. These exercises may include external techniques such as skin rolling and joint mobilization. These exercises may need to be repeated several times over several months.
Pelvic floor physical therapists may also offer treatments that include massage and myofascial release. These therapies are designed to relax the muscles and make bowel movements easier.
Preparing for pelvic floor therapy in our area
Performing pelvic floor therapy with our clinic is a great way to improve your bowel and sexual functions. The process begins with a thorough evaluation and internal and external exercises. The physical therapist will review your medical history, perform an orthopedic exam, and assess the function of your pelvic muscles.
The physical therapist will then perform pelvic floor exercises, including diaphragmatic breathing techniques, Kegels, and pelvic floor manual therapy. These activities help to improve circulation, increase core stability, and promote flexibility. These exercises can also strengthen the pelvic muscles, which are important to bowel function and sexual intercourse.
In addition to these exercises, the physical therapist may recommend using an electrical stimulation device. This delivers a painless electrical impulse that helps relieve muscle spasms and pain. It can be used alone or in conjunction with prescribed exercises.
The physical therapist will use a probe that is inserted into the woman’s vagina to assess the function of her pelvic floor muscles. The probe is connected to a computer screen, which displays the results.
The physical therapist will discuss the function of these muscles, which include bladder control and sexual intercourse. She will also perform pelvic floor manual therapy, which can promote flexibility and circulation.
Pelvic floor physical therapy is not for everyone. It can take up to six to 12 visits. The treatment plan is customized for your specific needs, which may include exercises you can do at home.
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