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
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.