Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction at Crest

Pelvic floor dysfunction is the inability to control the pelvic floor muscles. The pelvic floor muscles are important because they support the organs in the pelvis, including the bladder, rectum, uterus or prostate. Contraction and relaxation of the muscles enables bowel movements and sexual function, particularly for women. There can be multiple contributing factors to pelvic floor dysfunction.

At Crest Physical Therapy, we are trained to identify and address the contributing factors one by one. We utilize an individually designed and specific physical therapy treatment regimen geared towards each patient’s individual needs. Contributing factors of pelvic floor dysfunction include:

  • Stress
  • Scar tissue
  • Surgery
  • Aging
  • Weak muscles
  • Overstretched muscles
  • Muscle spasms

Associated Symptoms May Include

  • Pelvic pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Hip pain
  • Pain associated with sitting or walking
  • Cancer-associated pain
  • Incontinence
  • Weakness
  • Decreased quality of life

Pelvic Floor Therapy Is A Non-Surgical Solution That May Include

  • Pelvic floor physical therapy exercises. Strengthen and/or stretch the pelvic floor
  • Biofeedback techniques. Improve muscle contraction and relaxation.
  • Electrical stimulation. Improves awareness and strengthens muscles.
  • Soft tissue mobilization and myofascial release. Address muscle imbalance.
  • Joint mobilization. Increases range of motion and alleviates pain.
  • Self-care education and relaxation techniques. Ease symptoms and prevent the condition from becoming worse.
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