The purpose of pelvic floor therapy

istock 1139182762 1 300x300 1 The pelvic floor muscles are often overlooked when it comes to the body as a whole. However, these muscles are important when it comes to a variety of functions that we often take for granted. When the pelvic floor muscles are not functioning as they should, patients start to notice changes and symptoms that may concern them. Some of the symptoms include dysfunction that can cause patients to experience:

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Bladder pain
  • Poor bowel control
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Constipation
  • Fecal/gas incontinence
  • Painful intercourse
  • Genital pain
  • Low back/hip pain
  • Organ prolapse
  • Endometriosis
  • Tailbone pain

All of these conditions can contribute to the need for treatment, and for many, pelvic floor therapy is often recommended by our team at Premier OB/GYN.

What is pelvic floor therapy?

Pelvic floor therapy is a way of targeting the pelvic floor muscle, connective tissues, and ligaments through certain exercises. They are often performed to help in the support and strengthening of these muscles to address problems such as poor bowel and bladder control or organ prolapse. The process involves certain muscle exercises or stretching that can help strengthen the area. It may include:

  • Coordination exercises
  • The use of ice and heat
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Relaxation exercises
  • Strengthening or stretching
  • Manual muscle contractions
  • Education in prevention and self-care

What type of therapy is right for me?

There are many directions a pelvic floor therapist may go when it comes to caring for a patient in need of therapy. By asking questions about a patient’s medical history and their specific diagnosis, a therapist can determine the best course of action for treatment and make recommendations accordingly. Some patients may have a combination of therapy options for optimum results.

Discuss pelvic flor therapy with our doctors at Premier OB/GYN in Bradenton, Florida

If you are interested in learning more about the advantages of pelvic floor therapy, or believe that you need it to address a medical issue, contact our providers by calling (941) 745-5115. We are available to help patients at our state-of-the-art facility located at 5323 4th Avenue and accept new patients into our practice. Call today to get started taking charge of your condition and finding a solution to your concerns!

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