What Does a Physical Therapist Do For Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?

What does a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist do for pelvic floor dysfunction?

Your quality of life may be impacted by pelvic discomfort, sexual dysfunction, and urinary issues.

These symptoms frequently indicate problems with the pelvic floor, which impact the lower abdomen area.  For these situations, pelvic floor physical therapy may be an effective non-invasive treatment option.

A range of disruptive, uncomfortable, or painful pelvic floor disorders can be treated with tailored pelvic floor physical therapy.  Through specialised strengthening, relaxation, and rehabilitation techniques for the pelvic floor muscles, this kind of physical therapy tackles the underlying causes of the muscles discomfort. 

In this blog, we’ll talk about pelvic floor physical therapy treatment, its advantages, and how it can assist you in regaining physical comfort and body control in the sections that follow.

The Pelvic Floor: What Is It?

Part of the human body’s foundation, the pelvic floor is made up of a complex physical network of ligaments, muscles, tendons, nerves, and connective tissues.  

It is essential for both men and women, supporting a variety of crucial physical bodily health processes.

Here are a few specifics:

A woman’s pelvic floor supports a number of her organs such as the bladder, uterus, vagina, and rectum.

The rectum, urethra, bladder, and colon are all supported by the pelvic floor in men.

The pelvic floor is where the openings for the urethra (which comes from the bladder) and the anus (which comes from the bowel) pass.

The pelvic floor muscles are connected to the tailbone and the pubic bone for both men and women.

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Why Is It Important?

Because it supports these organs, the pelvic floor is essential for both men and women to have physical control over their bowel and bladder movements.  It’s critically important for both genders’ sexual health.

A weak pelvic floor in men can result in erectile dysfunction.

Women who have extremely tight pelvic floor muscles may experience painful sex.

Men and women alike who participate in high-impact sports as adults or teenagers may experience urinary dysfunction if they have weak pelvic function.

Additional Potential Issues

Pelvic floor dysfunction encompasses a range of physical conditions, including:

  • bladder discomfort
  • bowel control problems
  • cystocele, a form of pelvic organ displacement
  • constipation problems
  • diarrhoea conditions
  • Enterocele, another pelvic organ displacement
  • frequent urination and difficulties controlling one’s bladder
  • pain in the lower abdomen, pubic region, groyne, or tailbone
  • hip pain and associated orthopaedic issues
  • Pain in the sacroiliac joint area
  • pelvic prolapse
  • general pelvic discomfort
  • prostatitis (prostate inflammation)
  • pelvic pain around the pubic or tailbone areas
  • urinary problems associated with high-impact sports activities

If you’re dealing with any of these health issues, our Pelvic Floor Physiotherapists at Rosanna Physio are here to help.

What Is the Therapy Dysfunction by a Physical Therapist?

When it comes to diagnosis and physical treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction, an experienced Physiotherapist is crucial.

Initially, our Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist will conduct a thorough examination that may include a review of your previous medical records, a pelvic exam, and a make determination of your symptoms.  This makes it easier to pinpoint the exact type of pelvic health malfunction.

Our Pelvic Floor Physio will make a highly personalised treatment regimen based on the needs of each individual patient.  Important components often include targeted treatment exercises designed to strengthen or relax the pelvic floor muscles depending on the health condition.  These exercises can help with bowel and bladder control as well as lessen pain during sexual activity.

Our Pelvic Health Physiotherapist can also use manual therapy techniques to reduce muscle strain and improve pelvic area mobility & health.  They also provide guidance on daily activities and lifestyle adjustments that may promote healing and better pelvic health.

Throughout treatment, we work closely with the patient, making constant adjustments to the treatment plan to ensure the best possible outcome for the restoration of pelvic health and functionality.

What Can I Expect During the First Therapy Consult:

Patients often experience some anxiety or uneasiness when they first start treatment with a pelvic health physiotherapist.  On your first visit, our Pelvic Floor Physio will go over the entire treatment process with you and be available to address any queries or worries.

Treatment won’t begin until you feel comfortable and ready for it.  This session will take place in a private treatment room.

It is imperative that our clients feel at ease asking questions, and that our therapist takes the time to provide comprehensive answers.

Exercises, manual techniques, and movement coordination are all part of pelvic floor-focused physical therapy treatment.

The duration of the Physical Therapy

A standard pelvic floor health physical therapy schedule typically consists of one session per week. 

Pelvic floor physical therapy can differ in duration depending on your specific diagnosis, the level of dysfunction, and your personal goals.

Your pelvic health physiotherapist can help you return to your optimal functional level that will allow you to lead a more active and independent life, which is the main goal of this important pelvic muscle therapy.

Kegel Exercises and Other Advice

Physical therapy is an evidence-based treatment modality that specialises in creating personalised home exercise programs that allows you to start pelvic floor physical therapy – which may include low-impact exercises like swimming, biking, or walking on strengthening and supporting the pelvic floor muscles.

Dr. Arnold Kegel first introduced the Kegel, a well-known exercise that is a staple of many programmes, in the 1940s. However, without the correct training, we find many patients perform Kegel exercises incorrectly, despite their widespread use.

It’s crucial to refrain from holding your breath during the Kegel exercises and to not perform them while urinating.  Instead, slowly execute the Kegel contraction while synchronising it with a slow exhale.

Typical Outcomes Of Our Therapy

After receiving pelvic floor therapy, you may experience the following results:

  • Resuming participation in a cherished sport
  • Managing during the day without experiencing incontinence
  • Taking the plunge to become a parent;

But in order to get these outcomes, you must recognise that your symptoms need to be addressed with the assistance of pelvic health physiotherapist expertise – don’t downplay your issues, the sooner you seek the right advice, the easier they will be to resolve.  These kinds of issues are curable, given the right care and assistance.

Patients typically notice improvements in their dysfunction symptoms after just a few treatment sessions.  In order to maintain your floor muscle progress after your therapy goals have been reached, it is best to schedule annual or semi-annual check-ins with your pelvic health physiotherpist.

Reach Out For A Consultation If Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Sounds Right For You

Please book your pelvic health physiotherpist appointment here or call us on (03) 4514 0975 if you have questions and want to learn about your pelvic health please book your appointment for a pelvic assessment tailored to your care, needs and well-being.  

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