Women’s Health Physical Therapy
The pelvic floor is a complex of joints, ligaments, connective tissue, and muscles. All of which can be affected due to various reasons causing tightness, weakness and pain.
Most common conditions which can be successfully treated by Physical therapy:
- Urinary Incontinence– involuntary leakage of urine, increased urgency or frequency.
- Pelvic organ prolapse– creating pressure and bulge in the vagina.
- Sexual dysfunction/vulvodynia/dyspareunia– pain during sex, genital pain, pelvic pain.
- Pubic symphysis dysfunction– slipped pubic symphysis/ inflammation.
- Pre-natal/Post-natal care.
- Endometriosis– Pelvic pain.
- Diastasis Rectus Abdominis – Separation of Rectus abdominal muscles causing bulging of abdomen and weakness.
- Coccydynia – Tailbone pain.
How Physical therapy helps with these conditions-
Just like any other muscle and joint in the body, pelvic floor muscles are treated with manual therapy, therapeutic exercises, and neuromuscular rehabilitation. The treatment may or may not involve internal (per-vaginal) manual therapy techniques. On your first visit- the therapist will evaluate your posture, biomechanics, pelvic alignment, core, and hip muscles strength. After which she will determine if internal examination is required, and a tailor-made treatment plan will be assigned to you.
Treatment techniques used for pelvic floor Women’s health conditions-
- Myofascial release- Abdominal, lumbar and pelvic floor muscles externally.
- Soft tissue manipulation- Abdominal, lumbar and pelvic floor muscles externally or internally.
- Trigger Point release- Internal and external release of pelvic floor muscles.
- Therapeutic exercises- Stretching and strengthening of core, lumbar and pelvic floor muscles.
- Biofeedback- To improve strength or reduce muscle tone, may use biofeedback machine.
- Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation- To facilitate muscle contraction and relaxation.
- Posture Correction- with exercises.
- Breathing techniques.
- Home Exercise Program.