Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Q&A
Pelvic floor physical therapy seeks to improve mobility and flexibility while relieving pain. It focuses on the rehabilitation of pelvic floor muscles suffering from injury or dysfunction. Our board-certified healthcare team provides individualized sessions that allow you to learn tailored methods for restoring the flexibility and strength of your pelvic muscles. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Montvale and Closter, NJ.
Table of Contents:
What is pelvic floor physical therapy?
How does pelvic floor physical therapy work?
What are the Symptoms of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?
How long does pelvic floor physical therapy last?
Physical therapy with a focus on diagnosing and treating pelvic floor issues is known as pelvic floor physical therapy. The treatment is generally used to treat pelvic floor conditions, such as prolapse, pelvic discomfort, and bowel and urine incontinence. The physical therapist will evaluate the pelvic floor muscles throughout the session and use a variety of treatments to enhance muscle function and reduce discomfort. Among these techniques are pelvic floor exercises, biofeedback, manual therapy, and patient education on healthy bowel and bladder function, posture, and lifestyle variables that impact pelvic floor health. Physical therapy is a safe and reliable choice for treating pelvic floor problems. It helps people improve their quality of life and restore control over their pelvic function.
Physical therapy works by treating the underlying muscle and tissue dysfunction in the pelvic area that contributes to a variety of pelvic floor conditions. The therapist will first perform a thorough assessment of the pelvic floor muscles to gauge the severity of the dysfunction during a pelvic floor physical therapy session. A tailored treatment plan, based on the results of the examination, will be created by the physical therapist. Treatment plans often combine several methods, such as pelvic floor exercises, biofeedback, manual therapy, and lifestyle changes.
Kegel exercises, commonly known as pelvic floor exercises, involve tightening and releasing the muscles of the pelvic floor to increase their strength and efficiency. Biofeedback uses sensors to track and offer visual feedback on pelvic muscle activity, to teach people how to contract or relax their muscles properly. Manual therapy is a hands-on approach that involves manipulating and relaxing stiff muscles in the pelvic region. The patient may receive instruction from the therapist on healthy bowel and bladder function, posture, and other lifestyle choices that can impact their pelvic floor health.
Physical therapy tailored for pelvic floor conditions helps to strengthen muscles, lessen discomfort, and improve pelvic health in general. The quality of life for people with pelvic floor problems can be considerably improved by this safe and efficient therapy option.
A variety of symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction can appear when the pelvic floor muscles are overworked, tight, or weak.
Depending on the condition, the symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction can include:
– Urinary retention or incontinence
– Constipation or bowel leakage
– Pelvic discomfort
– Unidentified hip, thigh, or lower back pain
– Painful sexual intercourse
– Bulge or pressure in the pelvic area
– Frequent or painful urination
– Unusually painful menstruation
– Painful defecation
If you have the above symptoms, you should consult a physician, as pelvic problems have a serious impact on a person’s quality of life. A skilled physical therapist can identify and treat the underlying muscle dysfunction producing these symptoms. Pelvic floor physical therapy is an effective treatment choice for those with pelvic conditions, such as painful bladder syndrome, vulvodynia, and urinary incontinence.
The duration of pelvic floor physical therapy varies based on each patient’s unique condition, the intensity of their symptoms, and how well they respond to treatment. Physical therapy for the pelvic floor is often a progressive treatment that takes several sessions spread out over a few weeks or months.
An assessment of the pelvic floor muscles and any painful areas will take place during the consultation, which usually lasts 60 to 90 minutes. The therapist will create a treatment plan based on the examination, which usually includes a mix of techniques such as kegel exercises, biofeedback, and manual therapy.
The condition’s progression and the severity of symptoms will determine the length and frequency of subsequent sessions. Some people see a significant improvement after only a few sessions, but others need continued care for several months. Generally, a pelvic floor physical therapy program lasts for 6 to 15 weeks, with 1 to 2 sessions each week. For the best results, it is crucial to adhere to the physical therapist’s advice and show up to all appointments.
Pelvic floor physical therapy can help to improve and elevate your pelvic muscles, giving your bladder and ureters more stability. Pelvic floor physical therapy is available at The Spine & Health Center. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We serve patients from Montvale, NJ, Closter, NJ, Alpine NJ, Englewood NJ, Hackensack NJ, Dumont NJ, Westwood NJ, Hillsdale NJ, Woodcliff Lake NJ, and surrounding areas.
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