Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Specialists
Your pelvic floor muscles help you control your bladder, your bowels and sexual organs. If these muscles are weak or get detached from the surrounding connective tissue, you may experience loss of control and pain every time you use those organs.
When you recognize the symptoms, see your doctor. Instead of surgery, opt for physical therapy at TRI Physical Therapy in Brooklyn. Among other treatments, you’ll get exercises to strengthen and train your pelvic floor muscles.Physical therapy for pelvic pain involves a treatment plan that targets your lower abdomen.
Unfortunately, many with pelvic floor dysfunction delay getting help and suffer needlessly. Don’t be one of them. Seek treatment if you notice any symptoms including:
- Frequent urination
- Unexplained constipation
- Lower back pain
- Pain in your pelvis
- Pain during sexual intercourse
Physical therapy helps correct your pelvic floor muscles, which may be the cause of many different diseases. Depending on your diagnosis, your doctor may recommend treatment sessions once or twice a week for a set period of time. Your experienced therapist at TRI Physical Therapy in NYC has all the tools and knowledge to help you overcome weak or damaged pelvic muscles.
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How Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Affects You
Understanding pelvic floor dysfunction helps you get the right treatment. Your pelvic floor consists of muscles and connective tissues that stretch from your tailbone to your pubic bone. In the middle are internal organs like your bladder, bowels and rectum. Woman have a uterus and vagina, while men have a prostate gland.
Your pelvic muscles contract and relax when you urinate, during bowel movements and during sexual intercourse.
If your pelvic muscles are weak or tear away from the connective tissues, the muscles don’t function properly. Often this leads to your muscles tightening continually. If the muscles don’t relax, it can cause pain and difficulty when moving your hips and pelvis.
Risk Factors for Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Monitor your symptoms, and find medical help if they worsen. While the condition can have many causes, certain lifestyle choices may be a factor in your experiencing pelvic floor dysfunction. For example, you may be at risk if you:
- Are overweight
- Smoke often
- Have bad posture while standing or sitting
- Are pregnant or have just given birth
- Exercise, especially bicycling, with incorrect form
When you seek help from a physical therapist in Brooklyn, you first get an examination to discover which muscles are causing your medical condition. Only then can your therapist design a treatment plan suitable for your age, weight and goal. There are any options for treatment modalities; you may need a combination of treatments.
Treating Your Pelvic Floor Muscles with Physical Therapy
Your pelvic floor therapy often starts with education. You learn what caused your pelvic floor dysfunction. You learn about the surrounding organs and where the pelvic muscles are situated in your body.
Your physical therapist helps you understand why certain actions — like clenching your buttocks or not relieving yourself when you need to go — can aggravate your condition and lead to incontinence.
Physical therapy for your pelvic floor muscles may include several treatments. Sometimes, your physical therapist adds treatments that benefit your knees, shoulders and back. Common treatment modalities include:
- Pelvic floor muscle training. These strategic exercises train your pelvic muscles to respond appropriately. Along with breathing exercises, you learn how to contract and relax your pelvic muscles through repetition.
- Manual therapy. This is a one-on-one approach, incorporating massages and stretching exercises to boost your blood circulation, improve your posture and increase flexibility.
- Myofascial pelvic pain treatment. Often chronic, myofascial pelvic pain requires hands-on, pressure-release therapy to loosen up the muscles. Treatment may also involve dry needling for deep tissue therapy, a technique in which thin needles are inserted into your skin at specific points to help release muscle tension.
- Electrical stimulation. Done in appropriate places, this technique makes your muscles twitch, allowing the tightness to dissolve and loosen. This therapy is especially useful for those with weak muscles. You feel the effect from the very first session.
- Biofeedback. This modality involves devices to train women and men how to exercise their muscles. Special sensors connect to a computer monitor to help your therapist understand where your pain is. Through feedback, the muscles and surrounding tissues are desensitized.
- Trigger point therapy. This treatment deals with finding your pain areas and applying stimulus — either through hands or devices — to make your muscles relax. You may feel relief from the first session.