Pelvic Floor Rehab

Pelvic floor dysfunction affect people of all ages, of all activity levels, and those recovering from pregnancy or cancer treatment (e.g. surgery and/or radiation).

What is the Pelvic Floor?

The pelvic floor is a sheet of muscles, ligaments, nerves, and connective tissues that passes through the “floor” of the pelvis and supports the bladder, rectum, and other organs within the pelvic area. Both women and men have a pelvic floor.

The function of the pelvic floor is very important as it supports some of the body’s vital organs and helps with the maintenance and self control of the urinary and anal sphincters. It has a big role in women during pregnancy and birth, as it helps the fetus to rotate forwards and navigate through the pelvic girdle.

More women than men have issues with their pelvic floor one or more times in their life. And nearly half of all women will experience some sort of pelvic floor dysfunction.

Conditions We Treat
Both Men and Women

  • Pain in the Pelvic Floor
  • Rectal Pain
  • Pain During Intercourse
  • Urinating
  • Incontinence
  • Overactive Bladder
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Constipation
  • Pelvic Floor Prolapse
  • Pre-Post Surgery
  • Coccyx/Sacral Pain
  • SIJ pain
  • Pregnancy and Postpartum Care
  • Endometriosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hormonal Changes
  • and More

What are Pelvic Floor dysfunctions?

Pelvic floor dysfunctions occur when the muscles in the pelvic floor supporting the pelvic organs become weak, tight, or damaged. Some of the main problems with pelvic floor dysfunction include lack of bladder control, lack of bowel control, and/or pelvic organ prolapse. Many of these conditions can be uncomfortable and cause pain in the pelvic region.

A deeper conversation can illuminate urinary and bowel irregularities, pain or pressure in the vagina or rectum, the feeling of a heavy pelvis, muscle spasms, and/or pain or discomfort with sexual intercourse. It is important to talk with your health care providers about these problems as it is common for pelvic floor dysfunction to go avoided or ignored.

You may feel like you are the only one in this situation, but urinary incontinence affects 25 million adult Americans. 26% of women between 18 and 59 have involuntary leakage, 1 of 7 American women ages 18 to 50 have pelvic pain, and 61% go without diagnoses!

Pelvic floor dysfunction can be caused by a number of specific conditions. These conditions may be due to pregnancy or childbirth, insidious onset, infections, poor posture from chronic low back or SI dysfunction, trauma (e.g. injury from falling), or even the result of surgery. Some disorders include, but are not limited to, disorders of the bladder (e.g. IC, Prostatitis, Prostatodynia), disorders of the bowel (IBS, abdominal pain, pressure, discomfort, and bloating), sexual dysfunctions, pelvic dysfunction, or post surgical issues.

How to get rid of pelvic pain

There is help beyond Kegel exercises and pads that hide symptoms as opposed to healing them. Our Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy program helps to relieve symptoms, discomfort, and embarrassment. Because our therapists have years of experience with evaluating and treating pelvic floor dysfunctions, we not only address the issue, but help you on the road to recovery.

Some things you can expect from an evaluation and treatment with us:

  • We review your medical history thoroughly
  • We will perform a general orthopedic evaluation and, when necessary, an internal pelvic
  • floor exam to help identify the source of your problem
  • A specific treatment plan is created and tailored to your needs upon the findings in the
  • examination. This may include custom exercises, muscle reeducation, postural and habit
  • retraining, education, nutrition counsel, and more.
  • The tools we have most effectively used are a variety of manual therapies. Including
  • biofeedback, muscle reeducation techniques, and applied Pilates type exercises.

Our biggest goal at Rising Sun Physical Therapy is to give you the best experience and outcomes to achieve your health goals. We work with you and your other health care providers as a team, send written reports with updates regarding your progress, give written protocols, engage in one on one sessions with our patients, provide email access to our therapist throughout the treatment, and provide access to all our informative health talks and information on various topics.

To learn more about our pelvic floor therapy services or
request an appointment, give us a call at (415) 282-4083

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