Pelvic floor physical therapy can help to treat a wide variety of symptoms including pelvic pain, urinary leakage, constipation and so much more. Read on to learn what pelvic floor therapy is and how it can improve your life.
What Is the Pelvic Floor?
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles located at the base of the pelvis. The pelvic floor supports our organs, allows for sexual activity, and helps us control our bladder and bowel movements. These muscles are attached to the tailbone and the pubic bone. If your pelvic muscles can’t function together as they should, or if they can’t relax and are always tightened up, it can lead to several issues that affect a person’s quality of life. A healthy pelvic floor is important for urinary and bowel control, sexual enjoyment, and living a fully active lifestyle.
Both men and women can have issues with the pelvic floor, which can be related to pregnancy, poor bladder habits, endometriosis, history of physical or emotional trauma, digestive issues, and other health conditions.
What Is Pelvic Floor Therapy?
The goal of pelvic floor therapy is to optimize pelvic floor function by strengthening weak muscles and relaxing overly tight muscles. Pelvic therapy can also help to lower a pregnant woman’s risk of vaginal prolapse and help her body recover more quickly after giving birth, and it can even help relieve endometriosis symptoms and irritable bowel syndrome.
Your first pelvic floor therapy session will involve a discussion with your therapist about your symptoms, your medical history, and what you hope to gain from therapy. From there, your therapist will work with you to develop a specific treatment just for you, which might include internal and external manual therapy, soft tissue mobilization, biofeedback (which can teach you to monitor the tension and relaxation of your muscles), and exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles along with other muscles groups.
The pelvic floor, just like any other muscle group, can benefit from physical therapy. The pelvic floor specialists at Cynergy Physical and Occupational Therapy can provide a pelvic floor treatment that is crafted to your unique needs – with your comfort in mind! There are five locations in New York – call (212) 974-7252 for an appointment today!