Many people may not be aware, but a healthy pelvic floor can provide everyday benefits we often take for granted. This includes our bowel movements and struggles with constipation, as some have difficulty going to the washroom regularly. With effective pelvic floor therapy, routine exercises, lifestyle changes, education, and hands-on treatment can mitigate the constipation symptoms you may often experience. Pelvic floor therapy and physical therapy often involve assessing and treating the muscles involves in your urinary, bowel, and sexual function. A weak pelvic floor has dysfunctional muscles that can lead to pelvic pain and infrequent washroom visits.
Don’t let a weak pelvic floor stop you from living your best life. Consider contacting TRI Physical Therapy (PT) today to book a pelvic floor therapy session to limit the effects of constipation and lower body pain. If you’ve been dealing with a weak pelvic floor for some time or have had recent surgery within that area, our team will work with you on a flexible treatment plan to build up your core muscle strength.
What Are The Symptoms Of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?
Constipation is very often the most common symptom of a weak pelvic floor dysfunction in your body. This symptom is often caused by constant changes to your pelvic floor muscles. If you then find yourself frequently straining while making a bowel movement, this can result in significant weakening for your pelvic floor area. When the pelvic floor muscles are weak, this can further lead to urinary incontinence, organ prolapse, and problems with your bladder.
If your body’s pelvic floor is weak as a result of straining and constipation, kegels or pelvic floor strengthening exercises during a therapy session can help mitigate these common symptoms. You don’t want your pelvic floor muscles to be too tight. Instead, pelvic floor therapy helps to relax these muscles and release tension in order to allow maximum pain relief and softer stool.
If your stool is hard and lumpy or if you’ve been dealing with constant lower body aches, it can only be a result of constipation and a dysfunctional pelvic floor area. A weak pelvic floor can ultimately affect the function of other parts of your body as well.
How Can A Weak Pelvic Floor Affect Other Aspects Of Your Body?
A weak pelvic floor is often a symptom of a compromised core and abdominal muscles. This often refers to the area where the diaphragm begins and the pelvic floor ends. If the pelvic floor area is weakened, it can seriously affect your lower back muscles, pelvic floor muscles, and your diaphragm. This in turn leads to constant aches and pains, constipation, and infrequent bladder movement. These muscular components work together to support your abdominal functions and lead to a stronger core for your body.
Pelvic floor therapy utilizes a combination of treatments to manage muscular tension through breathing and relaxation exercises. They assist in decreasing tense muscular tone and relaxing your pelvic floor muscles to help you improve your bowel movements. As such, pelvic floor therapy is useful for clearing you of any urinary or constipation problems.
Avoid dealing with any of these related issues by booking a therapy session with TRI PT now!
What Can I Expect During My PT Session For My Pelvic Floor?
There are many things you can expect during your pelvic floor therapy session at TRI PT. During an initial assessment, we’ll start out by taking a detailed health history, followed by an external exam that includes posture, flexibility, and strength around your lower back, hips, and pelvis area. Soon after, an external and internal exam may be conducted to measure the strength and integrity of your pelvic floor muscles. This can be done vaginally/rectally with women and rectally with men.
Afterwards, we’ll examine the results of our assessment and exam and create a flexible, useful treatment plan. Based on our findings, we’ll tailor an individualized treatment that may include advice and education, exercises, and manual therapy. A follow-up session may also follow, as the process can take multiple steps to be completed. Symptom treatment will be a focus for these follow-up sessions and can include other methods such as electrotherapy, lifestyle adjustments, and various relaxation techniques.
Pelvic floor therapy allows our team to get the full picture of your condition and concerns. We’ll make sure to constantly follow-up to track the progression of your symptoms and provide helpful solutions that serve your best interest.
If you’ve been dealing with frequent pelvic floor discomfort, contact TRI PT today to book an appointment with one of our physical therapists. Improve your core strength and pelvic floor muscles by relying on our team of highly trained specialists now!