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  • Writer's pictureDr. Taylor Shoop

From Strain to Strength – Specialized Pelvic Floor Therapy

Updated: Feb 29

How Pelvic Floor Therapy Works - A Brief Guide


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When our body's balance is disrupted, it can lead to all sorts of problems. Pelvic floor issues are no exception, causing discomfort and affecting daily life. Pelvic floor problems come in many forms, from muscle tightness to weakness. These issues can cause urinary or bowel problems, pelvic pain, and even affect intimacy. Factors like childbirth, aging, or health conditions can make these problems worse.


Pelvic floor therapy is a comprehensive solution to these challenges, aiming to address these concerns and restore balance in this crucial area.


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Understanding Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

The pelvic floor comprises a complex network of muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues that support the bladder, uterus, and rectum. Dysfunction within this area can manifest in diverse ways, including urinary or fecal incontinence, pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction, and pelvic organ prolapse. Factors such as childbirth, aging, surgery, or chronic conditions may contribute to pelvic floor dysfunction.


How Pelvic Floor Therapy Helps

Pelvic floor therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy aimed at optimizing the functionality of the pelvic floor muscles. Through targeted exercises, manual techniques, and biofeedback training, pelvic floor therapists work to address the specific issues contributing to dysfunction and restore proper muscle function and coordination.


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Treatments Used by Pelvic Floor Physical Therapists

From targeted exercises to hands-on therapies and biofeedback training, this therapeutic regimen aims to strengthen muscles, alleviate tension, and improve overall pelvic health. Additionally, behavioral modifications are suggested to complement these treatments, emphasizing the importance of lifestyle adjustments in managing pelvic floor issues effectively.


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Postpartum pelvic floor therapy: Woman engaging in targeted exercises for post-birth recovery

1 – Pelvic Floor Exercises

These are workouts designed to strengthen your pelvic muscles. Our pelvic floor therapists prescribe tailored exercises to strengthen weak muscles and improve muscle function and flexibility. These exercises may include kegels, pelvic floor contractions, and relaxation techniques to release tension.


2 – Manual Therapy Techniques:

This involves therapists using their hands to gently massage and stretch tight muscles in a targeted and effective way. Hands-on techniques such as myofascial release, trigger point therapy, and soft tissue mobilization are used to alleviate muscle spasms, release tightness, and improve flexibility within the pelvic floor muscles.


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3 – Biofeedback Training

This is how our pelvic floor therapists get feedback on how your muscles are doing. It involves using special sensors to monitor muscle activity, helping you learn how to control and relax your pelvic muscles better. Biofeedback devices are utilized to provide real-time feedback on muscle activity, allowing individuals to learn how to engage and relax their pelvic floor muscles properly. This helps improve muscle control and coordination.


4 – Behavioral Modifications

Sometimes, simple changes in your habits can make a big difference. Your pelvic floor therapist might suggest things like improving your posture or changing your diet to help ease pelvic floor issues. Our pelvic floor therapists may also provide education on lifestyle modifications and habits that can exacerbate pelvic floor dysfunction, such as poor posture, improper lifting techniques, and dietary factors. Making adjustments in these areas can alleviate symptoms and support pelvic floor health.


Postpartum Exercise: Strengthening the Pelvic Floor After Birth


Pelvic floor therapy is a highly effective and non-invasive approach to addressing pelvic floor dysfunction. By addressing underlying muscle imbalances, tension, and weakness, pelvic floor therapists help individuals regain control over their pelvic health and improve their overall quality of life.


If you're experiencing symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction, don't hesitate to seek help from a qualified pelvic floor therapist. With personalized treatment and guidance, you can overcome pelvic floor challenges and experience renewed vitality and well-being. Book your private session online in minutes by clicking below


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