Pelvic Floor Therapy
WHAT CAUSES PELVIC FLOOR DYSFUNCTION?
The pelvic floor creates a sling in your pelvis that holds up your internal organs. When you are not able to control the muscles in the pelvic floor, it is called pelvic floor dysfunction. Most patients keep the muscles continually contracted versus relaxed. Pelvic floor dysfunction commonly occurs after childbirth but may arise in both men and women.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF PELVIC FLOOR PROBLEMS?
Several symptoms may cause pelvic floor dysfunction. Unfortunately, many women are not comfortable asking their doctor about these issues. If not treated properly when symptoms arise, long term problems may arise. Long term consequences include prolapse, chronic low back pain, incontinence, and lumbar disc herniations.
If these symptoms arise, you should see your pelvic floor PT as soon as possible.
COMMON SYMPTOMS INCLUDE:
- Inability to hold urine while working out/jumping/running.
- Painful intercourse
- Stress incontinence
- Chronic SIJ dysfunction
- Pelvic pain after pregnancy
- Lumbar instability after pregnancy
HOW CAN PELVIC FLOOR DYSFUNCTION BE TREATED?
Pelvic floor dysfunction can frequently be treated with a skilled pelvic floor specialist. Our treatments commonly include biofeedback, breathing techniques, core, and pelvic floor stabilization, strengthening, and down-training in addition to examining your alignment, flexibility, and strength. If appropriate, we can perform vaginal internal assessments to assess for muscle tone, strength, trigger points, and prolapse.
COMMON PELVIC FLOOR ISSUES TREATED:
- Core or SIJ Dysfunction after Pregnancy
- Urinary Urge or Stress Incontinence
- Urinary Frequency
- Lumbar Instability/Alignment issues during Pregnancy
- Lower back pain after pregnancy
- Pelvic Floor Weakness
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Contact Solutions Therapy & Sports Medicine today at our Alexandria, VA center so we can help you quickly resolve your pelvic floor dysfunction.