Are you experiencing urinary or bowel incontinence, sexual dysfunction, or pelvic pain? Although these symptoms are difficult to discuss with healthcare professionals, they are quite common in women, especially after pregnancy. Many women ignore these symptoms as part of pregnancy and assume they will improve over time. If these symptoms last for more than six weeks, you may have an injured pelvic floor.
Physical therapy for pelvic floor problems has been more widely available as a treatment option for pelvic pain and other issues. For those who have any of these symptoms, certified physical therapists in pelvic floor therapy may be the best option to help you.
What’s Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy?
Pelvic floor therapy treats the muscles of the pelvic floor, which are vital for bladder and bowel control. When the muscles become too tight, weak, or injured, pain and control problems can occur. Gynecologists are often not able to treat pelvic problems. OBGYNs focus on women’s reproductive organs. Physical therapists deal with the musculoskeletal system which includes the pelvic floor muscles.
It’s easiest to understand the pelvic floor as a hammock supporting the organs. A weak pelvic ground can lead to symptoms such as incontinence or bulging in the vaginal canal. On the other hand, a tight pelvic area can cause pain, constipation, and painful urination.
There are many reasons why muscles may be weak or tight. Specialists in pelvic therapy, physical therapists, can help identify the cause. Once the cause is identified, the therapist will develop a treatment plan that will address the symptoms and pain.
Birth and pregnancy can cause strains or injuries to the pelvic floor muscles.
- Feeling of pressure or heaviness in the rectum or vagina.
- Pain in the bowel or urinary tract
- Gas retention difficult
- Painful sex
- Pelvic pain
- Low back pain
You can improve your recovery from childbirth by strengthening the pelvic floor muscles. One easy exercise is to squeeze the muscles you use to hold in gas for five seconds, then let go for ten seconds. This and many other exercises can be aided by a physical therapist to help you heal from labor and birth.
Pro+Kinetix is proud that it employs a number of physical therapists who have years of experience treating pelvic floor dysfunction. Do not let these symptoms interfere with your life. Get PT help from Pro+Kinetix and feel better.