WHAT IS PELVIC FLOOR?
“The pelvic floor is the base of the group of muscles referred to as your ‘core’. These muscles are located in your pelvis, and stretch like a trampoline or hammock from the pubic bone (at the front) to the coccyx or tail-bone (at the back) and from side to side.
The pelvic floor muscles work with your deep abdominal (tummy) and deep back muscles and diaphragm to stabilise and support your spine. They also help control the pressure inside your abdomen to deal with the pushing down force when you lift or strain – such as during exercise.
Pelvic floor muscles support the bladder and bowel in men, and the bladder, bowel and uterus in women. They also help maintain bladder and bowel control and play an important role in sexual sensation and function.” (Pelvic Floor First)
WHEN SHOULD I SEE A NORTHERN MISSISSIPPI PHYSICAL THERAPIST?
Physical therapy (PT) treatment is very helpful with resolving this issue.
“Seek professional help when you have bladder or bowel control problems with symptoms such as:
- needing to urgently or frequently go to the toilet to pass urine or bowel motions
- accidental leakage of urine, bowel motions or wind
- difficulty emptying your bladder or bowel
- vaginal heaviness or a bulge, or
- pain in the bladder, bowel or in your back near the pelvic floor area when exercising the pelvic floor or during intercourse.
These problems may not necessarily be linked to weak pelvic floor muscles and should be properly assessed.
Like all exercises, pelvic floor exercises are most effective when individually tailored and monitored. The exercises described are only a guide and may not help if done incorrectly or if the training is inappropriate.
Incontinence can have many causes and should be individually assessed before starting a pelvic floor muscle training program. Tightening or strengthening pelvic floor muscles may not be the most appropriate treatment so speak to a health professional if you have persistent problems with your bladder or bowel.” (Pelvic Floor First)
HOW WILL PRO THERAPY TREAT MY PELVIC FLOOR?
Our Northern Mississippi therapists at Pro Therapy will start by searching for the root of the problem. Not only will we perform a full physical therapy evaluation and any needed diagnostic test, but we’ll also consult with your medical doctor to find the right pelvic floor treatment plan in Northern Mississippi that will suit you and your condition. Start the treatment process for pelvic floor physical therapy by scheduling an appointment or giving us a call.
Pelvic Floor First. (2016) The Pelvic Floor. Retrieved from http://www.pelvicfloorfirst.org.au/pages/pelvic-floor-muscle-exercises-for-women.html