Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Specialists
Pelvic floor muscle training can greatly improve your quality of life if you have trouble with incontinence or ineffective bowel control. In Brooklyn, pelvic floor physiotherapy training is done in a spa-like setting that’s designed for comfort and function.
Your local physical therapist relies on holistic treatments that teach you how to get control back and resume a fully functioning life. The goal of the one-on-one, hands-on approach to weak pelvic floor muscle issues is for you to reach your peak performance.
You don’t have to live with weak bladder control when there are physical therapy treatments that can save you from embarrassing accidents or medically invasive procedures.
Pelvic floor muscle training is a specialized form of physical therapy (PT) that aims to strengthen muscles in your pelvic area.
The targeted muscles include those under your bladder, bowel or uterus. Working to make these muscles stronger can help if you have pelvic pain or problems with urinary or bowel control.
Both men and women suffer with bladder or bowel leakage. In fact, most people can benefit from pelvic floor physiotherapy training at TRI Physical Therapy in Brooklyn. Your local physical therapist is specially trained to help you target muscles in the pelvic floor so that you’ll be able to strengthen them and improve their functionality.
Targeting Your Pelvic Floor Muscles
To properly strengthen the muscles in your pelvic floor, you need to be able to identify which muscles need to be targeted. Your NYC physical therapist can help you identify these muscles using different kinds of feedback devices.
One example of a device used for this purpose is a biofeedback device. By placing electrodes on your body and asking you to contract your pelvic floor, your physical therapist is able to see and evaluate signals sent to a computer. The results can point to whether you’re contracting the right muscles. With that information, if needed, your therapist can guide you to make changes.
Symptoms of Pelvic Floor Weakness
Women in particular sometimes have muscle problems in the pelvic area that lead to pain during intercourse. But men may feel painful jabs during sex as well. In some cases, the cause of this pain is that the muscles in the pelvic floor are too tight, a condition known as myofascial pelvic pain. Women with myofascial pelvic pain may experience extreme pain from pelvic exams, sexual intercourse
and even trying to use a tampon.
Doctors may overlook myofascial pelvic pain because they expect pelvic pain to be caused by organs, not muscles. Treatment by a specially trained physical therapist is done by performing internal and external manipulation of pelvic floor muscles. As your physical therapist teaches you how to properly stretch and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, you’re gradually able to tolerate sexual intercourse and pelvic exams, and you can control your bladder and bowels more effectively.
There are other symptoms for both men and women. You may benefit from pelvic floor physiotherapy training if you suffer from:
- Leaking urine accidentally when you laugh, sneeze, cough or exercise
- Needing to use the bathroom in a rush — and sometimes not making it in time
- Feeling that you need to go to the bathroom frequently
- Having difficulty emptying your bowel or bladder once you get there
- Losing control and passing wind
- Seeing a prolapse or bulge in your vagina or rectum
- Experiencing general pain in your pelvic area
Why You Need and How You Benefit from Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Training
There are a number of reasons why you may be having difficulty controlling your bladder and bowels. While some of the causes of a weak pelvic floor may be present from birth, the vast majority occur as you age. Causes include:
- Pressure from being obese
- Having a long-term, persistent cough
- Constantly straining when having a bowel movement
- Chronic constipation
Strengthening your pelvic floor muscles has several benefits, including enhancing your bowel and bladder control. Other benefits of pelvic floor exercises include:
- Improved recovery after childbirth
- Lower risk of vaginal prolapse in women
- Faster recovery after prostate surgery in men
- Reduced risk of rectal prolapse
Pelvic Floor Training Exercises
Your Brooklyn therapist at TRI Physical Therapy works with you to teach you proper techniques for pelvic floor training exercises. Some exercises that may be helpful for your pelvic floor muscle training include:
- Squeezing and releasing the pelvic floor muscles
- Kegel exercises, which are done by tightening and holding the muscles used in controlling the flow of urine
- Doing bridges, a pose that strengthen the pelvic floor as well as the buttocks area
- Performing squats, which strengthen your upper legs and buttocks
Home Exercises for Pelvic Floor Training
Most of the pelvic floor training exercises above can be done any time of day. But you need to do them daily, both with the help of your physical therapist and at home following a schedule suggested during your PT training. Throughout the day, tighten your pelvic floor muscles and hold while you count to ten. Relax for a count of ten.
Your physical therapist offers guidance on how many repetitions you should do so that you don’t overdo it. When done properly, pelvic floor muscle training can greatly improve problems with incontinence or pelvic pain. For an initial evaluation by a trained therapist, contact TRI Physical Therapy and schedule an appointment.