A pelvic floor disorder or pelvic floor dysfunction is when the ‘bowl’ of muscles in the pelvis and perineum are too weak or too tight. It can affect both men and women and is associated with dysfunction in other local structures, including the hip and lower back, coccyx and other joints of the pelvis itself.
Contributing factors include constipation and other abdominal problems, pregnancy or childbirth, poor posture, or trauma such as a fall onto the coccyx. Some people experience pelvic floor dysfunction simply because they spend too much time sitting at a desk, or from repeated heavy lifting.
If you have a pelvic floor disorder, you might feel that you can’t complete a bowel movement, or that you need to have several bowel movements all within a short period. Pelvic floor disorders can also cause pelvic pain and sexual dysfunction.
How Physical Therapy Can Help
Pelvic disorder results in muscle and connective tissue becoming tight or imbalanced. This reduces blood flow and can makes tissues very sensitive. It can also disrupt local tissue drainage, pelvic organs such as the bladder, and other local joints, nerves and muscles. Fortunately, physical therapy can fix this issue and/or provide relief.
A physical therapy session will normally involve:
Physical therapy for pelvic disorders will normally start with connective tissue manipulation. This will make it easier to treat the underlying trigger points. It will increase blood flow to the area and relax the pelvic floor somewhat.
A pelvic disorder is not a cookie cutter problem. Treating a pelvic disorder is not as a simple as strengthening a single group of muscles. There is a whole system to consider when it comes to restoring function, improving muscular support, and eliminating pain. You need a physical therapist who has the expertise to give you the individual examination and analysis that your problem requires.
We will also take your diet into consideration. By improving your dietary habits, you can achieve optimal organ function.
Here at Staszak Physical Therapy & Wellness Center, we are dedicated to returning you to full health. You can trust us to give you the individual attention required to get to the root of any problem and the advice to prevent it from occurring again.
If you are suffering with a pelvic floor disorder, you can get in touch with us for a consultation. We won’t only recommend our therapies, but we will also make sure you receive the proper education required to take care of yourself going forward.
For more information about how we can help with pelvic floor disorders, please give us a call at 541-505-8180. Our physical therapy office is located in downtown Eugene at the corner of West 11th Avenue and Ferry Street.
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