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Women's Pelvic Health

Revitalize Your Pelvic Health Through Women's Physical Therapy

Pelvic Floor PT

Revitalizing your pelvic health through women's physical therapy is an empowering step towards improving your overall well-being. Pelvic health issues can significantly impact quality of life, affecting physical, emotional, and social well-being. Fortunately, at East Coast Audiology and Physical Therapy - Fayetteville, we offer specialized physical therapy that can offer relief, strength, and prevention for a range of women's pelvic health conditions. Here's a comprehensive guide to understanding and embarking on this healing journey.

Understanding Pelvic Health

Pelvic health pertains to the proper functioning of the pelvic floor muscles and the organs they support, including the bladder and uterus. The muscles of the pelvic floor play crucial roles in urinary and fecal continence, sexual function, and supporting the pelvic organs. Issues may arise from a variety of causes, such as childbirth, surgery, aging, or injury.

Common Pelvic Health Conditions

  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction: Difficulty in controlling the pelvic floor muscles, leading to conditions like incontinence or pelvic pain.

  • Prolapse: The descent of pelvic organs into or through the vaginal canal due to weakened supporting muscles.

  • Diastasis Recti: The separation of the abdominal muscles, often as a result of pregnancy.

  • Urinary and Fecal Incontinence: Unintended leakage of urine or stool. In the beginning stages this may occur with coughing, sneezing, and laughing and if left untreated, this can progressively get worse.

  • Pelvic Pain Conditions: Including vulvodynia, interstitial cystitis, and endometriosis-related pain.

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The Role of Women's Physical Therapy

Physical therapy for pelvic health focuses on improving the strength, function, and coordination of the pelvic floor muscles. It can include:

  • Assessment: A thorough evaluation to understand the specific issues, which may involve a pelvic floor examination.

  • Education: Learning about pelvic anatomy, how to correctly identify and engage pelvic floor muscles, and lifestyle factors that influence pelvic health.

  • Exercise: Tailored exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor, improve endurance, and support the organs.

  • Manual Therapy: Techniques such as massage or mobilization to relieve pain, improve movement, and increase blood flow.

  • Biofeedback: Using sensors to monitor the pelvic floor muscles, helping patients learn to control these muscles effectively.

  • Behavioral Strategies: Guidance on dietary modifications, bladder or bowel habits, and techniques to manage symptoms.

Starting Your Journey

  1. Seek a Specialist: Look for a physical therapist specializing in women's health or pelvic floor therapy.

  2. Consult Your Doctor: Discuss your symptoms and concerns with your healthcare provider, who can give you a referral if necessary.

  3. Prepare for Your Visit: Be ready to discuss your medical history, symptoms, and any questions you might have.

  4. Commit to the Process: Improvement often requires time and consistent effort, including at-home exercises.

  5. Maintain Open Communication: Share your progress and any concerns with your therapist to adjust the treatment plan as needed.

Embracing The Journey

​Revitalizing your pelvic health through physical therapy is a proactive approach to enhancing your quality of life. It's a journey of healing and empowerment, requiring patience, commitment, and the right support. Remember, you're not alone—many women experience these issues, and there's help available. Embrace this path to stronger pelvic health with confidence and optimism.

Are Pelvic Floor Disorders Common?

At least 1 in 3 women in the U.S. experience pelvic health issues that impact their daily activities. Pelvic Floor Disorders can not only affect older women; it can also occur in the younger female population and athletes.

Daily Symptoms

If you answer yes to one or more of the following symptoms, we encourage you to contact us to make an appointment:

  • Do you need to use the restroom frequently throughout the day?

  • Do you experience pain or pressure in your pelvic region?

  • Do you have a hard time reaching the restroom without leaking?

  • Do you have pain with intercourse?

  • Do you strain or have constipation during a bowel movement?

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