Pelvic Floor Therapy

pelvic floor therapyWhat is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?

A study by Kaiser Permanente found that one-third of women suffer from some sort of pelvic floor disorder. The study was conducted with women who had given birth, women who had not given birth through an age range of 25 years to 84 years. If you are suffering from either bladder or anal incontinence, pelvic pain or prolapse, or the frequent urge to urinate you may be suffering from pelvic floor dysfunction.

More about the Pelvic Floor:

The muscles, ligaments, and tendons of the pelvis work together with those of the abdomen and pelvic floorback to provide structure and balance for the entire body. When this system is not working well together, imbalances can occur that may result in hip, pelvic, abdominal or back pain. This, combined with other complicating factors such as pregnancy, giving birth, surgeries, chronic constipation, or low estrogen levels can cause other difficulties to develop such as uterine prolapse, cystocele (bladder prolapse), rectocele (prolapse of the rectum), urinary incontinence and painful sexual intercourse.

What is Pelvic Floor therapy?

Pelvic floor physical therapy is designed to help you to achieve internal and external muscle balance and stability throughout the pelvic region. To manage your pelvic floor dysfunction, you can start by gaining a better understanding of your anatomy and being mindful of your natural female posture and breathing patterns while sitting, standing, walking, running, lifting and carrying. Strengthening the musculature that has become weakened can be extremely beneficial in restoring pelvic floor health and integrity. This does not mean performing endless kegel exercises. In fact, for some women, kegel exercises, especially performed while lying down, can make prolapse worse. Pelvic floor restoration includes education, at-home exercises, and the help of a skilled practitioner who can gently rehabilitate muscles and ligaments using a variety of therapies.

What to Expect:

Your comfort is important to us. We understand that a pelvic floor session can be intimidating, especially before your first visit. You are welcome to have a partner or friend attend the session with you. To perform this exam, you will be asked to undress from the waist down and you will have a gown for covering. After the doctor explains the process to you, gentle techniques are used including massage, scar tissue rehabilitation, trigger or tender point therapy, muscle strengthening, physical therapy, and rehabilitation exercises. Pelvic floor therapy should not be painful, however it is not uncommon to experience mild tenderness following the treatment.

Dr. Susanne Breen‘s training and expertise in the areas of pelvic floor therapy, gynecology, bio-identical hormones,  botanicals and lifestyle changes offers women a holistic, integrative and comprehensive model of care.

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