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Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy: An Individualized Approach

Updated: Oct 20


 

What is Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy and How Could I Benefit?


Pelvic floor physical therapy focuses on the assessment and treatment of the muscles in your pelvis and deep core. When seeing a pelvic health physical therapist, they will also assess the rest of your body in how it relates to your pelvic floor problems. People can see a pelvic floor physical therapist for a variety of reasons. Pelvic floor physical therapists can help you prevent, manage, or resolve symptoms including:


- Incontinence or leaking of urine, stool or gas when you cough, laugh or exercise

- Urinary urgency and frequency

- Difficulty initiating urination or passing stool

- Internal pelvic pain such as: endometriosis, vaginismus or pain during intercourse, interstitial cystitis, pain with menstruation

- Pain around the clitoris, vagina, rectum or perineum

- Pelvic organ prolapse

- Heaviness or pressure in the pelvis

- Pain associated with low back, pelvic girdle, sacroiliac joint (SIJ), pubic symphysis or tailbone

- Vaginal and Cesarean birth recovery

- Diastasis recti (abdominal separation)

 

What about Kegels?


It’s not uncommon for women to receive the advice to “just do kegels” for any pelvic health issue. Pelvic floor dysfunction can be complicated. Working with a physical therapist who specializes in pelvic floor can be a game changer for many women to really identify what is going on. Kegels can be beneficial for some pelvic floor symptoms or dysfunction, but oftentimes it’s more complicated than just doing one specific exercise. Many times pelvic floor muscle strength is not the primary issue. Looking at how a person coordinates their breath, and body movements may affect pelvic floor function. Pelvic floor physical therapy is not a one size fits all approach. Exercises, interventions and lifestyle changes suggested by pelvic floor physical therapists can be very different depending on your symptoms and your goals. Symptoms that likely won’t improve with just doing kegels:


- Pain with sex

- Constipation

- Pelvic pain

- Difficulty with urination

- Leaking urine or stool

 

Individualized Treatment Approach


Similar to why you would seek out physical therapy for other injuries, your therapist will identify an individualized treatment approach based on your problems and work with you to achieve your specific goals. We understand that every person is different and we are committed to helping people accomplish their unique health, fitness, and lifestyle goals. At Dynamic we believe in treating the whole person.

 

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