What is the pelvic floor?
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles within the pelvis that support the pelvic organs and control bowel and bladder function. If these muscles are injured, weakened, or unable to contract properly, a condition known as Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, one or more of the following issues may be experienced: leaky bladder, incontinence, constipation, pain during intercourse, or pain in the lower back, pelvic region, genitals, or rectum. Common pelvic floor problems include:
- Bladder control problems – leaking of urine when laughing, coughing, sneezing; feeling the need to urinate frequently or urgently
- Bowel control problems – leaking of stool with or without awareness
- Pelvic organ prolapse – the pelvic organs may extend into the vagina or even protrude from the vagina or anus
What causes pelvic floor dysfunction?
A weakened or poorly functioning pelvic floor may result from:
- Pelvic surgery
- Being overweight
- Advancing age
- Overuse – pushing too hard when voiding or voiding too frequently
What is pelvic floor therapy?
Pelvic floor therapy, sometimes called pelvic rehab, is a specialized program designed to engage and rehabilitate the muscles of the pelvic floor to lessen or resolve the symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction. Ideally, pelvic floor therapy is delivered by a physical therapist with specialized training in pelvic floor anatomy and function.
If you've experienced one or more of the above problems and wish to know more about pelvic floor therapy, call iPOW Physical Therapy & Wellness today to speak to one of our pelvic floor specialists.
If you have a pelvic floor dysfunction and wish to learn more about iPOW Physical Therapy & Wellness treatment strategies, call (806) 803-9165 today!