What is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?
How to treat Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Client Successes
Your pelvic floor is responsible for all of the important functions of your body. It’s essentially the floor of your core holding up all your organs. It aids in bowel and bladder function, sexual pleasure, and for women, it will help you carry and deliver your baby. With the help of social media, we can finally educate the public on the stigma associated with talking about our genitals and the issues we may suffer from them. Throughout life we can develop certain conditions or undergo certain traumas that can create pelvic floor dysfunction.
Pelvic floor dysfunction is somewhat of an umbrella term that encompasses pain and/or weakness of your pelvic floor. Some of the causes may include certain medical conditions such as Endometriosis or Crohn’s Disease. Trauma may also affect your pelvic floor, such as from an accident creating nerve damage, or the effects from childbirth. There is a lot of stress on your pelvic floor to hold up your organs and the baby during pregnancy. Additionally, anything can happen to your pelvic floor during your delivery, potentially creating more trauma. Some examples of pelvic floor dysfunction include:
● Pain with sex
● Leakage of urine/stool with or without awareness
● Constipation or frequent bowel movements during the day
● Ongoing pain in your pelvic region or genitals
In order to be able to treat these symptoms, you can seek help from a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist. These individuals have specialized training in these areas to help individuals alleviate pain or regain function. Since your pelvic floor is made up of muscles; those muscles need to be able to contract and relax your sphincters properly at certain times to perform bodily functions. A visit to a pelvic floor physical therapist involves having a discussion of your detailed medical history so they can help find the cause of your issues. They may also perform an internal exam to assess how your muscles are working so you can start making changes as part of a home exercise program. If you would like to see a pelvic floor physical therapist, it’s also necessary to see your primary care physician or an OB/GYN to get a physical therapy prescription.
Let’s not forget that men have a pelvic floor as well. Men suffer from pelvic floor issues such as erectile dysfunction, urinary frequency and urgency, urinary and bowel incontinence, chronic pelvic pain, as well as issues with their prostate. Pelvic floor physical therapy can help with these issues as well, so men can return to their lives without having these issues affect their quality of life.
To sum it all up, if you experience pelvic pain, pain with sex, or bowel and bladder issues, you need to get help for it. These symptoms are not normal and could later snowball into other problems. Make an appointment to see your doctor and a pelvic floor physical therapist to get you back on track. If you need to find a pelvic floor physical therapist, you can find one on pelvicrehab.com
KRISTIN SAPIENZA,PT, DPT
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