What Is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Millions of Americans live with pelvic floor dysfunction and unfortunately, most cases go unidentified and untreated. Pelvic floor dysfunction refers to a wide range of problems that can occur when the pelvic muscles aren’t functioning as they should.
For many people, the pelvic floor muscles are either too weak or too tight. Some people may have an impairment of the lower back, hip joint, or sacroiliac joint that causes the surrounding muscles to have irritation or pain. And for some, the underlying cause of pelvic floor dysfunction is unknown or difficult to determine.
Pelvic floor dysfunction is not usually life-threatening but it can take a toll on a person’s quality of life. Many men and women live with pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, pain during intercourse, and other symptoms that can be successfully managed with pelvic floor physical therapy from Integrated Gastroenterology Consultants.
If one or more of these symptoms affect your quality of life, reach out to your primary care doctor or contact our Pelvic Floor Therapy department to schedule a consultation.
At least 1/3 of all women experience some type of pelvic floor disorder. Pelvic floor dysfunction symptoms in women include:
- Pelvic pain
- Pain during intercourse
- Urinary or fecal leakage after having a baby
- Abdominal pain
- Bladder pain
- Urinary frequency and/or urgency
- A history of pelvic organ prolapse or past gynecological surgery
- A history of urinary tract infections IBS, constipation, or fibromyalgia
- Pelvic pain
- Bladder pain
- Orthopedic issues like tailbone pain or a hamstring injury
- Pain after urination or ejaculation
- Pelvic spasms
- Urinary or fecal incontinence
- Chronic constipation
What Is Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy?
Many pelvic floor conditions can be managed without surgery. A physical therapist trained in pelvic floor therapy creates a personalized program for you and helps you fully understand your symptoms. Pelvic floor therapy aims to alleviate pain and discomfort while teaching patients methods to strengthen their pelvic floor in between sessions.
Many people have found success with guided therapy. During pelvic floor therapy, your Integrated GIC therapist may utilize:
- Exercises to identify and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles
- Abdominal strengthening exercises
- Biofeedback (a non-painful and non-surgical technique)
- Myofascial release and trigger point release
- Soft tissue mobilization
- Electrical stimulation
- Hot/cold therapy
- Education on diet, nutrition, and changing behaviors that can improve symptoms
- Equip you with at-home strengthening exercises and instructions for self-care
Don’t live with the embarrassing or life-altering symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction. Relief is possible and starts with a visit to one of our pelvic floor therapists. To schedule a consultation or learn more about pelvic floor physical therapy, call our office 978-459-6737, press *109 to speak with our PT Coordinator.
We accept most insurances:
- ALL TUFTS
Please check your insurance benefits, know the insurance guidelines for deductible.
Have questions or wish to schedule a consultation, call 978-459-6737 Ext *109 and speak with our PT Co-ordinator.