The pelvic floor is made up of several different muscle groups. If the muscles are too weak or too tight, physical therapists treat them. It’s just like any other muscle in the body that needs a little help. A number of pelvic floor disorders can be treated with physical therapy including: urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, some prolapse conditions, constipation, and painful intercourse.
Physical Therapy Treatments
There are a lot of treatments available including biofeedback which shows the patient how the muscles in the pelvic floor are working. Muscle energy techniques may be used for pelvic alignment disorders. Manual therapy may be used to address soft tissue issues associated with increased spasm or trigger points within the pelvic floor. Another area addressed is posture – looking at muscle weakness in the lower abdominal and pelvic floor areas.
Candidates for Physical Therapy
All ages can benefit from physical therapy to treat pelvic floor disorders. It’s important you don’t let these issues affect your quality of life