You are not alone.
Millions of Americans deal with pelvic floor dysfunction, yet for most, the disease goes unidentified and untreated, because many people are too embarrassed to talk about their symptoms. Statistics say that 1 out of 5 Americans suffer from some type of pelvic floor dysfunction during their lifetime. There are many different types of pelvic floor dysfunction, including urinary incontinence, which is involuntary loss of urine. Over 25 million Americans suffer from urinary incontinence (UI), which can be diagnosed as stress UI, urge UI or mixed UI. Women, men and children can all be affected pelvic floor dysfunction.
Why should you choose Pelvic Physical Therapy as your first plan of action? Along with being a relatively quick treatment method with high success rates, pelvic physical therapy is also a safe and extremely effective alternative to surgery! Oftentimes patients are sent to us after complex surgeries that have not “cured” or “fixed” them. While pelvic physical therapy is still able to help after surgery, it’s best to visit Smart Body PT before going through any operations for optimal results and to avoid painful down time! Did we mention, Physical Therapy is also much more cost-effective than surgery?!
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Pelvic floor dysfunction is a diagnosis that covers a wide range of issues that occur when the muscles of the pelvic floor do not function correctly. They can be weak, atrophied, tight, strained, have trigger points, impaired coordination, non-relaxing or non-contracting. Pelvic floor function can be impacted by the sacroiliac joint (SI), low back, coccyx, and/or the hip. Specialized physical therapists, such as our team at Smart Body Physical Therapy, are often able to work with top medical providers in and out of state to diagnose even the most difficult pelvic dysfunction cases and work to remedy these issues with an extremely customized pelvic physical therapy regimen.
Many times, these pelvic floor dysfunctions can be brought on by pregnancy or childbirth, mechanical strain, poor posture, prolonged sitting, trauma or after surgery, and sometimes there is no known cause.
Center of the universe?
At Smart Body Physical Therapy, we refer to the pelvis as the “center of the universe.” Why? The pelvic floor is made up of muscles and other tissues that form a sling that runs from the pubic bone to the tailbone. They assist in supporting the abdominal and pelvic organs, and help to control bladder, bowel and sexual function.
Our physical therapists are experts in pelvic health for women and men.
Treatments consist of customized physical therapy programs to treat various types of pelvic floor dysfunctions.
Some examples of these dysfunctions are listed below.
- Abdominal Pain
- Bladder Pain
- Constipation: Unspecified or due to Outlet Obstruction
- Diastasis Recti
- Interstitial Cystitis (IC)
- Fecal Incontinence
- Fecal Urgency
- Labral Tear—Hip
- Levator Ani Spasm (Anal)
- Low Back Pain
- Pelvic and Perineal Pain
- Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
- Pelvic Muscle Spasm
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Urinary Incontinence: Unspecified, Urge, Stress or Mixed
- Urinary Frequency
- Urinary Hesitancy
- Sacroiliac Ligament Sprain
- Women Only: Dyspareunia (Painful Intercourse), Pregnancy, Organ Prolapse
- Men Only: Post-Prostatectomy
- Post-Surgical: hysterectomy, hernia, laparoscopy, caesarean section, appendectomy and episiotomy
What kind of results can I expect with Pelvic Physical Therapy?
Our patients happily report back to us that they’re experiencing healthier sex lives and increased libido, better bladder control to total bladder control, improved quality of life, freedom from adult diapers, pain-free sex and no trouble sitting for extended periods of time. Outside of physical results, our patients also leave Pelvic Physical Therapy feeling more confident and are able to savor life to the fullest!
Treatments of Pelvic Floor Dysfunctions may include:
Internal vaginal and/or rectal examination to assess the muscle function, external and/or internal manual therapy for the pelvic floor including myofascial release and trigger point release, visceral manipulation, state-of-the-art Perineal Biofeedback Training, Neuromuscular Re-education via electrical stimulation, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), therapeutic ultrasound, visceral mobilization or visceral manipulation, body mechanics training to limit further strain and exercise prescription to address strength or flexibility impairments.