Physical Therapy Effectively Treats Many Syptoms of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) can be treated with physical therapy to relieve issues with urination, bowels and sexual activity.
The pelvic floor is a common name for the group of muscles in the lower pelvic area for men and women. It includes the deepest and lowest abdominal muscles, the deepest spine muscles and the deep fibers of the anterior hip muscles.
Common Symptoms of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
- Urinary Problems including leading urgency, hesitancy, bladder and urethral pain
- Bowel Issues such as constipation, incontinence, staining and rectal pain
- Sexual Afflictions for women such as painful intercourse, vaginismus, vestibular pain or for me, erectile dysfunction, testicular and penile pain or numbness.
- Core pain or weakness, especially consistent pain in the back, hip or groin region.
Although doctors may overlook symptoms of PFD, physical therapists often better understand the important connection between the muscles of the pelvic floor and the functions they support. Over the past 10 years, physical therapists specializing in pelvic floor dysfunction have discovered that tight or weak muscles on the pelvic floor can be the primary cause of a wide range of PFD symptoms.
With regular physical therapy, PFD patients better understand the condition, how to treat is effectively and relieve many bothersome symptoms.
Treatment for Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
To begin treating PFD with physical therapy, your therapist will start by taking a comprehensive HISTORY of your symptoms related to your pelvic floor, what treatments you’ve already tried and general questions related to your overall health concerns and goals.
The therapist will help you UNDERSTAND what the problems are and how the pelvic floor anatomy works.
They will perform an EXAMINATION of the muscle group to identify problems. A visual check for external symptoms, as well as an internal evaluation is needed to accurately diagnose and treat PDF. Of course, this should be done with the utmost respect for your privacy and comfort. During the exam, the therapist will check the muscle strength, quality of movement and any anomalies in the muscle and tissues.
The exam allows the therapist to DEVELOP a plan of treatment that could include manual techniques such as myofascial release, visceral mobilization, tissue and trigger point massage and more.
INSTRUCTION in PFD relief techniques follows, with body awareness, posture, stretching and even self-massage so that you can immediately begin to feel relief.
FOLLOW UP appointments are always recommended to ensure that your treatment is working properly, or to make adjustments as you progress.
Kalamazoo Home Health Care can help you with treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction with physical therapy at home. There’s no need to travel to appointments, we’ll come to you!