Pelvic floor dysfunction refers to a wide range of problems that occur when the muscles of the pelvic floor are weak, tight, or there is an impairment of the sacroiliac joint, low back, coccyx and/or hip joint. The tissues surrounding the pelvic organs may increase or decrease sensitivity and/or irritation resulting in pelvic pain.
Pelvic Floor Therapists specialize to examine, assess, and treat various pelvic floor dysfunctions in women, men and children.
Patients benefit from treatment by a Pelvic Floor Therapist for the following conditions:
- Disorders of the bladder- IC Interstitial Cystitis, Prostatodynia, UI, Organ Prolapse, Bedwetting, Urinary retention, Urinary frequency, Urinary urgency.
- Disorders of the bowels- IBS Irritable bowel syndrome, feeling of fullness/abdominal pressure, pain or discomfort, bloating, constipation, fecal leakage
- Sexual dysfunction- Dyspareunia, Levator Ani Syndrome
- Pelvic pain- Pudendal Neuralgia, Dyspareunia, Vulvodynia, Vulvar Vestibulitis, Vaginism, PID Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, Pelvic Congestion, Erectile Dysfunction, Lichens Sclerosus, Lichens Plans, Coccydynia
- Post-surgical rehab- Hysterectomy, Hernia, Laparoscopy, Caesarean Section, Appendectomy, Prostatectomy and Episiotomy
Treatment includes but not exclusive to external and internal manual therapy including myofascial release, and trigger point release as well as dry needling as needed. Treatment also may include biofeedback, electrical stimulation, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS).
Millions of Americans are suffering from pelvic floor dysfunction, yet for most, the disease goes unidentified and untreated. Statistics say that one of every 5 Americans, of every age, suffer from some type of pelvic floor dysfunction at some time in their life. Over 25 million Americans suffer from urinary incontinence alone or involuntary loss of urine. And it’s not just a women’s disorder. Men and children also suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction. Thus pelvic floor therapy can be a great option for many people who are searching for relief. Check it out, research and ask questions to your medical providers. No question is a bad question.