Pelvic Floor Muscle Therapy Is A Recommended First Line Approach
That is why our office provides a convenient and comprehensive non-surgical option for the treatment of common pelvic floor disorders. Pelvic floor rehabilitation utilizes functional muscle training and stimulation, allowing patients to be active participants in improving strength, control and awareness of their pelvic floor muscles.
What To Expect During Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation
• Treatment by a pelvic floor specialist in your own doctor’s office
• Discussion of your physician’s diagnosis and answer any questions you may have.
• Assessment and individualized treatment based upon your pelvic floor disorder
• Supervised strength and endurance training exercises with the assistance of biofeedback which measures and records your muscle activity.
• Utilization of mild electrical stimulation to passively stimulate the muscle.
• The first appointment is one hour, the following are 30 minute sessions once a week for a total of 6 to 8 weeks
• Development of a your own plan of care and at home exercises to be done between sessions.
Pelvic Floor Muscles
The pelvic floor or pelvic diaphragm is important in providing support for the pelvic organs, and in the maintenance of continence as part of the urinary and anal sphincters. These muscles act like a hammock to support the pelvic organs, including the uterus, bladder and rectum.
Why Is Pelvic Floor Muscle Strength Important?
• Improved bladder and bowel control
• Proper support and alignment of the pelvic organs
• Prolapse prevention
• Help with a smooth and comfortable pregnancy and recovery
• Improved sexual function
• Reduce back and pelvic pain
Indications for treatment:
• Stress Urinary Incontinence: Loss of urine when laughing, sneezing, coughing or exercise.
• Postpartum Muscle Weakness: Weak pelvic floor muscles that resulted from pregnancy and childbirth. Incontinence may be happening now.
• Urge Incontinence: The sudden need to urinate resulting in an involuntary leakage of urine.
• Overactive Bladder: A feeling of the need to urinate that does not necessarily result in leakage.
• Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Protrusion of the pelvic organs into or out of the vaginal canal.
• Fecal Incontinence: Loss of gas, liquid or solid stool.
• Post-hysterectomy: Pelvic floor muscle strengthening to treat vaginal vault prolapse.
• Rectocele: The thin wall of tissue that separates the rectum from the vagina weakens, allowing the vaginal wall to bulge.
• Cystocele: The supportive tissue between the bladder and vaginal wall weakens, allowing the bladder to bulge into the vagina.