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5 Signs of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Don't Ignore These 5 Signs of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

by Dr. Jasmine Evans DPT

Pelvic floor dysfunction is one of the most misunderstood impairments in the musculoskeletal realm. So, what is the pelvic floor? To put it simply, the pelvic floor is a cluster of muscles in a person’s pelvic region that are responsible for several functions, including but not limited to, maintaining continence, assisting with sexual function, and supporting surrounding organs, including the uterus, bladder, and rectum. It is important to acknowledge that both men and women have a pelvic floor, and both are susceptible to dysfunction.

Women's Health: Am I a Candidate?

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 female pelvic floor disorders. 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 highly-treatable with physical therapy.

Ease Work-Related Back Pain

Most people with back pain experience difficulty in sitting, and some may even avoid going for long trips. Living with these sort of limitations can be very frustrating. In these types of cases, physical therapy is a must to provide proper treatment. However, a few tips may help to minimize the pain to make the day go easier.

For most cases, pain occurs when stress on the back tissue is too great and is beyond its limit. To minimize the pain is to minimize the stress. Therefore, proper alignment is the key.

First, putting a cushion or a small pillow behind the low back will help to support the back and reduce the stress. When a person sits down, the back has a tendency to curve and some support can counteract that tendency.

When Nothing Seems to Help

It is a growing phenomenon that more people are diagnosed with chronic fatigue or pain syndrome. It may not be a life-threatening condition, but it sure has a great impact on one’s quality of life. The saddest part of it is that once it is developed, nothing seems help to alleviate it. People are passively drawn further into the situation and don’t know what to do.

Chronic fatigue or pain syndrome (fibromyalgia may also be used loosely for this diagnosis) has multiple causative factors which intertwine tightly with each other. It is almost impossible to identify the cause of it and how to resolve it. However, it is a general agreement that people respond positively to physical exercises. The question is how to get started. The endurance of this group of people is extremely low and they cannot tolerate even gentle exercises.


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