Pelvic Floor Therapy
Pelvic floor therapy helps treat weakness, dysfunction, and pain in the muscles that make up the pelvic floor. This form of treatment is not just for women. All people have a pelvic floor that assists in bowel and bladder control, sexual health, and urinary function.
When dysfunction or injury impacts your pelvic health, it’s time to speak with a therapist who specializes in pelvic floor therapy.
Pelvic Health and Physical Therapy
The pelvic floor is composed of:
- Connective tissue
Together, these components provide the base for and support the pelvic area. When every part of the pelvic floor functions appropriately, the pelvic organs can properly control sexual function, urination, and bowel movements.
However, sometimes the pelvic floor can stretch and loosen. This could be due to any of the following:
- Activities such as weightlifting and running
- Traumatic injury
- Nerve damage
- Overuse through frequent urination
When your pelvic floor loses muscle tone and strength, it can cause many problems that impact your daily life.
Pelvic floor physical therapy aims to retrain the pelvic floor muscles to reduce pain, restore mobility, and support healthy function. This is accomplished through a personalized exercise program designed to help you achieve your individual goals.
What Is Pelvic Floor Therapy?
At Avalanche Physical Therapy, we understand that pelvic health is deeply personal. Your first appointment will take place in a private room where our therapist, who specializes in pelvic health, will:
- Review your medical history
- Discuss your therapy goals
- Address your concerns
- Perform a physical exam
The physical exam could involve an internal assessment. Our therapist will proceed slowly and explain each step of the process, and you can pause the exam at any time. Once our therapist has assessed your pelvic health, they will work with you to design a pelvic floor therapy plan that treats your dysfunction and helps you achieve your individual goals.
Your personalized pelvic floor therapy regime could include any or all of the following external manual therapies:
- Trigger point release
- Joint mobilization
- Visceral mobilization
- Scar tissue release
- Connective tissue release
- Skin rolling
Manual therapies are performed to increase mobility and improve stabilization of your pelvic floor. Additionally, our therapist may recommend treatments such as:
- Vaginal cones or dilators
- Painless electrical stimulations
- Therapeutic ultrasound
Most pelvic floor physical therapy patients are given at-home care and exercise plans, which could include Kegel exercise, relaxation techniques, and medications.
The length of a person’s pelvic floor therapy depends on their pelvic dysfunction’s severity and unique goals.
Pelvic Health Physical Therapists in Summit County
Pelvic health and pelvic floor issues can be embarrassing and anxiety-producing topics. At Avalanche Physical Therapy, our team of qualified pelvic health therapists will go above and beyond to create a safe, welcoming environment where you can get the treatment you need to enjoy a more active lifestyle!
Contact our offices today and find out what pelvic health therapy can do for you!