Pelvic floor physiotherapy (PT) concentrates on the lower back and pelvis in general and is meant to help with pelvic floor muscle coordination. The pelvic floor muscles support the uterus, colon, and bladder in women and the bladder, bowel, and prostate in men. If you get this type of therapy, your treatment plan may include helping your muscles relax to expand or strengthen them. PT is a minimally invasive treatment for many diagnoses. It offers patients the following benefits:
Help With Bladder Issues
People with urinary incontinence, pain, urgency, frequency, or other bladder issues can benefit from PT. A patient will be given a specialised treatment to help them gain control over their symptoms and minimise their need for both medication or surgery. Improving their quality of life involves education, hands-on care, and exercise therapy. Patients will be taught how to sense their pelvic floor muscles’ movement through tensing and releasing movement. This allows them to better control their bladder.
Address Bowel Problems
Pelvic floor therapy at Integral Performance Physio can help patients with bowel issues such as fecal incontinence and those who have painful bowel movements. Also, this therapy can effectively help manage constipation. A therapist will introduce soft tissue techniques, education, toileting mechanics, and exercises.
PT provides long-term relief for those who suffer from pelvic organ prolapse by coordinating their pelvic floor muscles and strengthening their core muscles. Treatment includes exercises, breathing techniques for both the abdominal muscles and lower back, as well as posture movements.
Treating General Pelvic Pain
People can experience pelvic pain for several reasons. And PT can benefit those who have pain in their genital or rectal region. Depending on the patient’s symptoms, their treatment may include electrical stimulation, manual therapy, behavioral education, biofeedback, and exercise programs.
Childbirth stretches pelvic floor muscles, aging weakens them, and stress makes them overactive, resulting in pelvic floor dysfunction. Pelvic pain can result from strained connective tissues. PT restores the normal strength, endurance, and power of the pelvic muscle to reverse this damage that contributes to the pain.
Relieving Pain Experienced During Sexual Intercourse
Pain during sexual intercourse can be due to several causes. Pelvic floor physiotherapy may minimise or eliminate sexual pain, which is often due to a series of interconnected joints, muscles, tissues, nerves, bones, and skin. PT can reverse the pain by increasing pelvic blood flow, releasing trapped nerves, and reducing pain sensitivity. These techniques will balance the relax, balance, and tone pelvic muscles.