Women's Pelvic Health
Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy
Our Doctor's of Physical Therapy take a collaborative and holistic approach to successfully treat patients with pelvic floor conditions such as incontinence, pelvic pain, and postpartum problems. Our therapists have had extensive coursework in the area of pelvic floor health allowing them to effectively address our patients’ issues as they move through different stages of life.
When the pelvic floor doesn't function as it should, it can negatively impact a woman's quality of life. Many women think, especially after childbirth, that these are conditions they have to live will and therefore do not seek help or treatment. Below are common conditions that we treat at East Coast.
Back Pain, Pelvic Pain, or Pain with Intercourse: What most people may not realize is that the pelvic floor muscles are like all muscles of the body when it comes to pain. Often times when there is pain, it is not because of weakness, it is because of an increase of muscle tension and the Pelvic Therapist's job is to figure out which muscles are in spasm and to "down train" these muscles to help them relax. This can be accomplished with gentle manual techniques or with biofeedback. In this these types of cases, continuing to try to strengthen these muscles in this case will make the condition worse. Alternately, when the pelvic floor is weakened or damaged it can cause complications with incontinence, pelvic or back pain, as well as pain with intercourse, flexibility and coordination.
Uterine or Vaginal Prolapse: Often times during childbirth women experience damage to the pelvic floor. The weak muscles can cause sagging or protruding of structures within the pelvis, to protrude into the vagina. Uterine and vaginal prolapse becomes more common as we age with a loss of elasticity and strength in the muscles. Many patients complain of a heaviness or pressure within the pelvic area.
Urinary Frequency or Urgency: Weakened pelvic floor muscles can cause an overactive bladder. Strengthening the pelvic floor can help reduce the urgency to go and allow more control over ones bladder.
Stress Urinary Incontinence: Happens when there is an involuntary loss of urine due to any physical activity that puts strain on the bladder. Often times this happens during coughing, sneezing, laughing, etc...This occurs when the pelvic muscles supporting the bladder and urethra have been damaged or weakened, typically during childbirth.
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