What is the pelvic floor?
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that lines the bottom of the pelvis in the area between the tailbone, pubic bone, and sit bones. These muscles play an important role in urinary function, bowel function, sexual function, supporting the abdominopelvic organs, and they work with other deep core muscles to help stabilize the spine and pelvis.
What is pelvic floor physical therapy?
Pelvic floor physical therapy combines orthopedic techniques, such as exercise and manual therapy, with specialized techniques that target the pelvic floor muscles specifically. This may involve external and/or internal (vaginal or rectal) pelvic floor treatments, breathwork, education, and lifestyle modifications.
What can pelvic floor therapy help with?
- Pelvic pain
- Sexual dysfunction (ex: painful sex, weak orgasms, difficulty achieving orgasms, decreased vaginal lubrication, erectile dysfunction, ejaculatory dysfunction)
- Urinary dysfunction (ex: urinary leakage, urgency, frequent urination, urinary retention)
- Bowel dysfunction (ex: constipation, fecal leakage)
- Coccydynia (ex: tailbone pain)
- Prenatal incontinence
- Preparation for labor
- Postpartum recovery
- Diastasis recti
- Prostate health/prostatectomy recovery
- Gender affirmation surgery recovery
Pelvic floor issues often arise alongside other orthopedic conditions, and pelvic floor PT could add an invaluable dimension to your comprehensive care plan at LWB. Don’t hesitate to speak with one of your LWB providers to learn more!