Health of the pelvic floor can have a big impact on a woman’s quality of life. Pregnancy, childbirth, hysterectomy, and many other conditions can affect the strength, flexibility, and function of this part of the body. The results can include pain, incontinence, and sexual dysfunction.
The most commonly diagnosed problems of the pelvic floor include:
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Sexual dysfunction
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Physical therapy can help in the treatment of these and other pelvic floor conditions. The goal of physical therapy is to decrease pain, strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, and improve function. This is achieved through decreasing muscle spasms, improving circulation, and re-educating muscles to rest with more or less tone. Physical therapists also evaluate the relation of the pelvic bones to the hips and spine, as an imbalance in either of these may contribute to pelvic floor dysfunction.
Physical therapy may include the following manual treatment techniques:
- Soft tissue mobilization (external and internal)
- Trigger point release
- Connective tissue mobilization
- Myofascial release
- Nerve mobilization
- Scar massage and release
- Visceral mobilization
Patients are also taught relaxation techniques, breathing mechanics, stretching, and strengthening exercises. Other treatment techniques include biofeedback, electrical stimulation, and therapeutic ultrasound. Patients are encouraged to take an active part in their treatment.
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