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What is Pelvic Floor Therapy?

Pelvic floor therapy is a type of physical therapy that focuses on the muscles, ligaments, and connective tissue of the pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is a group of muscles and other tissues that support the pelvic organs, including the bladder, uterus, and rectum. These muscles and tissues form a sling or hammock-like structure at the bottom of the pelvis. Pelvic floor physical therapy can help men recover from incontinence after prostate surgery and address pelvic pain issues.

Pelvic floor therapy can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Urinary incontinence (leakage of urine)
  • Fecal incontinence (leakage of stool)
  • Pelvic organ prolapse (when the pelvic organs drop down or protrude into the vagina)
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Constipation

Pelvic floor therapy may involve a combination of techniques, including manual therapy (such as massage or stretching), exercises to strengthen and coordinate the pelvic floor muscles, and biofeedback to help patients learn to control and coordinate their pelvic floor muscles. Some therapists may also use electrical stimulation or other modalities to help relax or strengthen the muscles. There are exercises to coordinate and relax the pelvic for muscles.

Pelvic floor therapy is typically performed by a physical therapist who has specialized training in this area. It is generally safe and effective and can be a helpful treatment option for many people with pelvic floor disorders.

Call the office of Lori Blondell, DPT at 941 271-7575 to set up a consultation.

How Can Your New Year’s Resolution Help Your Pelvic Floor

Weight gain can affect the pelvic floor in several ways. The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that support the pelvic organs, including the bladder, uterus, and rectum. These muscles form a sling or hammock-like structure at the bottom of the pelvis, and they help to maintain the position of these organs and to control their function.

When a person gains weight, the extra weight can put added pressure on the pelvic floor muscles, which can weaken them over time. This can lead to a range of problems, including urinary incontinence (inability to control the bladder), fecal incontinence (inability to control the bowels), and pelvic organ prolapse (when one or more of the pelvic organs drops down into the vagina or rectum).

In addition to the mechanical effects of weight gain on the pelvic floor, there is also evidence that being overweight or obese can increase the risk of developing pelvic floor disorders. This may be due to the additional strain that excess weight places on the pelvic floor muscles, as well as other factors such as hormonal changes and inflammation associated with obesity.

It is important to maintain a healthy weight and to engage in regular physical activity to help support the health and function of the pelvic floor muscles. If you are concerned about the health of your pelvic floor or if you are experiencing any symptoms such as incontinence or prolapse, it is important to speak with a healthcare provider for further evaluation and guidance.

Lori Blondell, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Pelvic Floor Specialist in Sarasota & Bradenton

Private In-Home Appointments available in Sarasota, Bradenton, FL and surrounding areas.

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  • 941-894-0402
  • 1961 Floyd Street, Suite B
    Sarasota, FL 34239

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