Pelvic Therapy

Pelvic Health Therapists (PTs) are highly skilled professionals who specialize in the intricate muscles and bones surrounding the pelvic area. This includes the lower back (sacrum), the joints linking the sacrum and pelvis (sacroiliac joints), and the tailbone (coccyx). Their expertise also encompasses regions such as the vulva and vagina, penis and scrotum, and the colorectal area.

Central to their focus is the pelvic floor, a complex network of muscle fibers providing support to organs like the bladder, uterus (in females), intestines, and rectum. Pelvic floor PTs undergo specialized training in these areas, equipping them with advanced knowledge of the gastrointestinal, reproductive, orthopedic, and neurological systems. This comprehensive understanding enables them to offer holistic treatment to their patients.

Pelvic floor dysfunction can underlie various orthopedic conditions, including back pain, neck pain, and issues with the feet and ankles. The pelvic floor muscles are part of a crucial group known as the "Anticipatory Core," activating before movement to stabilize the spine and torso.

Common Pelvic Health Conditions addressed by Pelvic Health Therapists include:

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Repetitive straining due to chronic cough or frequent lifting
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Pelvic pain, vulvodynia, vaginismus, or abdominal pain
  • Painful intercourse
  • Pre and post-pregnancy concerns
  • Tight pelvic floor muscles
  • Damage to pelvic floor nerves (resulting from childbirth, injury, or surgery)
  • Prostatitis
  • Chronic constipation

Available treatments may include:

  • Strengthening exercises tailored to the pelvic floor
  • Manual therapy techniques
  • Behavioral modifications to address underlying issues
  • Breathing practices and pelvic floor relaxation techniques
  • Biofeedback methods to enhance awareness and control of pelvic muscles
  • Electrical stimulation to aid in muscle re-education and pain management

With a focus on personalized care and comprehensive treatment strategies, Pelvic Health Therapists strive to improve their patients' quality of life and overall well-being.

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