Have you seen the latest article from Prevention Magazine on Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?  Check it out here… http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/understanding-pelvic-floor-dysfunction

Pelvic floor dysfunction is a global term used to describe conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse, fecal or urinary incontinence, and chronic pelvic pain. Myofascial pain is one etiology of chronic pelvic pain of a myofascial origin. For women with pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence issues, the therapist develops a treatment program that addresses the impairments of the pelvic floor and related structures. Many experts believe that many, if not most, women with chronic pelvic pain have some degree of myofascial pelvic pain syndrome, a disorder in which pelvic pain is attributed to short, tight, tender pelvic floor muscles, usually with myofascial trigger points. Management of myofascial pelvic pain syndrome may also utilize pelvic floor muscle training, biofeedback in addition to manual therapy. However, additional forms of pelvic floor physical therapy may be employed secondary to the unique pathophysiology of this syndrome, which involves changes in the length tension relationship of the muscle, as well as changes in neural function.

Pelvic dysfunction physical therapy is private, confidential therapy that can help evaluate and treat the problem of:

  • Sexual discomfort
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Pelvic pain
  • Painful bowel movements or constipation
  • Restricted movement of hips or lumbar spine

Pelvic Pain can be caused by pelvic joint dysfunction, muscle imbalance, or compression of nerves in the pelvic floor region.

  • One in seven women 18 years and older experience chronic pelvic pain
  • 61% have no diagnosis
  • 12-16% have hysterectomies to alleviate the pain
  • 47% then end up with continence issues
  • Symptoms include: pain in lower abdomen/pelvis, hip or buttock pain, pain in the tailbone, limited sitting tolerance, pain with sexual intercourse, restricted movement of hips or lumbar spine, and painful bowel movements or constipation.

Physical Therapy can help pelvic pain by evaluating and treating potential causes of pelvic pain such as:

  • Joint dysfunction
  • Muscle tightness
  • Weakness or imbalance
  • Nerve entrapments

Our Physical Therapist can help you gain control over your symptoms through:

  • Re-training in-coordinated muscles with internal and external techniques
  • Postural training
  • Biofeedback
  • Behavioral change
  • Pelvic floor exercise
  • Education on food and drink that may irritate the bladder