Pelvic Floor Therapy
What is Pelvic Floor Therapy?
There are several conditions that can affect the functionality of the pelvic floor muscles. These muscles may also simply be tight and constricted for certain individuals, causing a considerable amount of pain during use.
Pelvic floor therapy seeks to treat these conditions, by helping the patient to fully understand and eventually regain control over their pelvic floor muscles.
Common Conditions Involving the Pelvic Floor
Both men and women can experience problems with their pelvic floor muscles.
Women typically use pelvic floor therapy to treat:
- Painful tensions of the pelvic floor muscles
- Urinary incontinence
- Fecal incontinence
- Pain during intercourse, tampon insertion, or yearly OBGYN examinations
- Symptoms of menopause
For men, pelvic floor therapy can be helpful when dealing with:
- Painful ejaculation
- Premature ejaculation
- Frequent urination
- Difficulty with bladder or bowel movements
- Chronic prostatitis
Pelvic Floor Therapy Techniques
There are several components that make up the entirety of pelvic floor therapy. This process is not only about working with these muscle groups, but also about educating the patient on their condition and how they could be contributing, both positively and negatively, to it.
In addition to patient education, pelvic floor therapists also use a combination of other methods to improve the function of the pelvic floor muscles, such as:
- Pelvic floor exercises
- Electrical stimulators
- Manual therapy
- Vaginal dilators
Length of Treatment
The amount of pelvic floor therapy received will be dependent upon the patient and their individual case. Typically, this process will last for at least a few weeks in order to help the patient gradually progress to the point where they can find relief from their condition.