Do you have pelvic pain?
Pain with intercourse?
Do you lose (urine/feces) throughout the day?
Feel like you’re “falling out”?
Urinate more than 7x a day?
Are you constipated?
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction –
- Incontinence (Urinary & Fecal)
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Pelvic Floor weakness
- Pelvic Floor Spasm
- Pre & Post-natal care
- (Chronic) Pelvic Pain
Risk Factors for Dysfunction
- Normal Aging
- Chronic Intra-Abdominal pressure
- Obesity, Smoking
- Chronic straining/constipation
Can this be treated?
A physical therapist trained and certified in the treatment of incontinence, pelvic pain, and pelvic dysfunction is a safe, non-invasive approach to improve your pelvic health.
In order to properly treat your pelvic floor, your therapist will perform an internal examination similar to a gynecologic (vaginal and/or rectal) exam. They will be able to determine your weaknesses, strengths, sources of pain and/or tenderness in a comprehensive examination.
How is this treated?
The pelvic floor is only one component of the abdominal unit, including your diaphragm, abdominal muscles, and trunk extensors.
Your therapist will provide you with an exercise program tailored to your needs. This can include bladder & bowel re-training, pelvic floor strengthening & relaxation, core and trunk exercises, proper breathing techniques, behavioral modifications, stretching, myofascial/soft tissue mobilization, pelvic floor weights, and biofeedback.
Expect treatments to range from 1-2 x a week, for 6-8 weeks. Programs differ for all patients, as no two patients are exactly alike. Proper training with daily activities (lifting, bending) with proper pelvic floor contraction/relaxation is essential in correcting your impairment.
Kelly Corrado, PT, at Hohman Rehab specializes in pelvic floor rehab. Some common risk factors for an underactive pelvic floor include: post-partum, cardiovascular insufficiencies, pulmonary/lung disease, obesity, diabetes, recent hysterectomy/c-section/childbirth, increased stress/repetitive heavy lifting.