Pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) makes it difficult to control your bladder and bowel movements. Some PFD patients experience pain while urinating, feel the urgent need to urinate and have problems with emptying your bladder. Other symptoms may include straining, pain during bowel movements, constipation and pressure on rectum or vagina. If left untreated, you may have problems controlling the muscles in your pelvic floor. Read on to find out how to find relief for PFD with physical therapy.
What Is The Pelvic Floor?
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that are located in your pelvic area. The bladder, prostate, rectum and uterus are organs located in your pelvic. The pelvic muscles surround the organs in this area like a sling, which provides support. They can contract and relax These movements allow you to control your bladder and bowel movements.
What Is Pelvic Physical Therapy?
Your pelvis and abdomen are made up of fascia, bones, ligaments, nerves and muscles. These bodily materials go through changes from pregnancy to other health conditions. Because of these changes, you can develop conditions like PFD. For these reasons, you can benefit from seeing a pelvic health physical therapist.
A women's health physical therapist has experience with patients who have problems with their pelvic. They evaluate the movement patterns, fascial systems, musculature and alignment in the pelvis. These physical therapists also check for body issues that will limit your quality of life and cause pain. Your physical therapist can develop you a treatment plan to fit your needs.
How Does This Therapy Works?
Physical therapy starts with treating your connective tissue. Your therapist will apply manipulation. Manipulating your connective tissue calms your nervous system, increases blood flow and relaxes your pelvic floor. If you are having pelvic pain, then you probably have trigger points. A trigger point is a tight patch of contracted muscle fibers within a muscle. It affects the blood supply to any nearby tissue, which makes the area compressed and irritated.
Other things physical therapy covers include working out external trigger points, lengthening tight muscles, working internal trigger points and treating structural abnormalities. Pelvic physical therapy is not spent coaching you through strengthening and stretching exercises. However, your therapist will give you some to do at home.
Physical therapy allows you to learn your body. Your therapist is looking for your problem areas and will treat them. He or she will learn more about your body with each therapy session.