Women's Health

Let's get real…

Nearly half of all women will experience events in their lifetime (pregnancy and childbirth, weight gain, menopause, etc.) which will impact their pelvic health. And yet, few of these women will seek out help for these issues out of embarrassment or the idea that no treatments exist.

For those "in the know," there is a world of professionals devoted to the treatment of pelvic diaphragm disorders for females, but males as well. Many of these specialists include physical therapists, who are often capable of reducing urinary incontinence, unexplained pelvic or abdominal pain, and difficulties with sexual function.
 
If you or someone you know is dealing with any of these issues, rest assured that pelvic health problems are both incredibly common and highly-treatable with pelvic health physical therapy.
 
The first step towards knowing whether or not you are a good candidate for this type of treatment is to learn some of the common symptoms associated with pelvic health-related diagnoses.
 
Am I a candidate?

  • Pain in the abdomen, pelvis, and/or lower back at rest or with activity such as exercise or intercourse
  • Heavy pressure/dropping sensation in the pelvic area
  • Diastasis Recti (separation of abdominal muscles)
  • Painful scars following surgical procedures (i.e. hysterectomies, vaginal/cesarean deliveries)
  • Loss of urine during activity (e.g. sneezing, coughing, laughing, exercising)
  • Increased urination during the day and/or night (i.e. going to the bathroom more than 8 times in a 24-hour period)
  • Incomplete emptying (i.e. returning to the bathroom minutes after use)
  • Urgency (i.e. intense, overwhelming sensation to go to the bathroom)
  • Changes in urination (e.g. slow or splaying stream, stop/go stream, straining to urinate, post-dribble)
  • Avoidance of activities that worsen symptoms

What is Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy?
Most people know physical therapy is used for rehabilitation of acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions. One of the most under-discussed muscle groups—the “pelvic floor”—can be helped by the same type of rehabilitation when dysfunction (i.e. tightness, weakness, etc.) contributes to incontinence (involuntary loss of urine), pain or limitations in daily activities.

When should I seek help for pelvic floor disorders?
Many people don't feel comfortable talking about personal topics like pelvic floor disorders such as incontinence. But these are actually very common medical problems that can be treated successfully. Don't hesitate to learn more about your treatment options by talking with your primary care physician, gynecologist, or physical therapist.

What should I expect with treatment?
Pelvic floor therapy is meant to be pain-free and performed in a non-stressful environment. Treatment will consist of exercises to improve the patient’s pelvic floor muscle strength, endurance, or muscle length using verbal and tactile cueing and simple biofeedback.
 
How can I learn more or get started with treatment?
At Mettler, we understand that pelvic issues can have a major impact on your quality of life. Schedule a free consultation to get the conversation started and ask questions about the examination and rehabilitation process and possible treatment options.

If you are experiencing pelvic health related issues, you should speak with your primary care physician, urologist, or gynecologist for a referral. Once obtained, you may move forward with an individualized, private initial evaluation with a skilled physical therapist.

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