The bladder and rectum are positioned inside the pelvis and supported by layers of muscles that form the pelvic floor. A myriad of things can affect the functioning of the pelvic floor:
- A shift in the alignment of the pelvis
- Pregnancy and Delivering Children
- Development of scar tissue
- Pelvic and abdominal surgeries
- Habitual tension preventing muscles from fully relaxing
- Weakness or not knowing how to really strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor
Women can have symptoms ranging from just a little leak when they laugh to full prolapse of the pelvic structures.
Many of the dysfunctions that affect bowel and bladder control also affect pelvic pain and the ability to tolerate intercourse. These are not symptoms that many people talk about, but there are treatment options available to help.
We will assess your overall alignment and the strength of your core, hips and pelvic floor. We will look at breathing and movement patterns as well as habits that may be undermining the strength or proper functioning of the pelvic floor muscles.
Our style of treatment emphasizes Myofasical Release, exercises, education, and lifestyle modifications, rather than electrical stimulation or modalities. Physical therapy treatment of urinary and fecal incontinence and pelvic prolapse, has been shown to be more effective than surgical interventions. Sometimes surgery is necessary. However, pelvic floor rehabilitation and education can help improve the effectiveness of the surgery. By helping patients recognize the patterns that contributed to their prolapse or incontinence and helping them to adopt healthier habits, surgical outcomes are dramatically improved.
Myofascial Release has also been shown to be helpful with reducing pain and restrictions following mastectomies and breast surgeries. Learning to help the breast and chest tissues soften can also greatly improve the cosmetic results of these surgeries.
Some Diagnoses that we have had success with include:
Urinary Incontinence Constipation
Interstitial Cystitis Pelvic Floor Pain
Episiotomy scars Vulvodynia
Painful Intercourse Coccydynia
Urinary Frequency Urinary Urgency
Menstrual Problems Fecal Incontinence
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Myofascial Release is a hands-on technique that focuses on releasing restrictions that form in the fascia. Fascia is a connective tissue that forms a continuous web of support throughout the body. Every nerve, blood vessel, muscle and organ is encapsulated by or enmeshed in fascia. Healthy, well hydrated fascia should feel pliable and gelatinous, but the fascia can become restricted. Fascial restrictions can exert up to 2,000 pounds of pressure per square inch on the surrounding tissues. This is more than enough pressure to change the body's alignment, create significant pain, or impact the function of digestion or neurological processes.
What causes fascial restrictions? Fascial restrictions can develop as a result of injury, high levels of inflammation in the body, surgical scars, habitual postures, or even emotional trauma. Since the fascia is one continuous web through the body, a restriction in one area can create pressure or dysfunction in completely different areas of the body. Understanding that the body is unified, Myofascial Therapists will look at the body as a whole- assessing restrictions and seeing how your overall posture and alignment affects you.
Myofascial release is a holistic, hands on approach that involves gentle sustained pressure to these areas of resistance. Our goal is not to force the restrictions to release but to wait for them to soften and help each client build new awareness of their body in the process.
Myofascial Release is a powerful treatment technique for these diagnoses and more:
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Wellness and Prevention
If you are training for a marathon, just want to improve your flexibility to help your golf swing, want to learn what you can do to prevent falls, or just enjoy Myofascial Release; call in to schedule a visit. Also watch out for our upcoming classes or educational workshops!
As a cash based therapy practice, we do not need a physician's prescription or insurance approval to work with clients. This allows clients to come in when they feel they want to just have a "tune up", or to seek education or treatment to prevent a a minor ache from becoming a much more debilitating concern.
The Lee Silverman Voice Treatment or LSVT Loud program was developed in 1987 and has over 30 years of research supporting its effectiveness with treating patients diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. The principles repetition and solely focusing on exaggerating the amplitude of a patient's speech (working at being really loud) has been applied to physical movements as well (working on being really big).
The LSVT BIG program is structured to be an intense 4 week exercise program with the patient being treated by the Physical Therapist 4 days a week for all four weeks. The exercises consist of an exercise protocol in combination with work on walking and a focus on specific tasks that each individual patient finds difficult.
The LSVT BIG program has been proven to be one of the most successful treatments in improving movement and slowing the effects of Parkinson's Disease.
Please call today for further questions or to see if you are a candidate for the program!
Men also have problems with pelvic pain and urinary and fecal incontinence. Sometimes these are the result of previous injuries, scar tissue development from injuries or surgeries, shifted pelvic alignment, or chronic tightness or weakness of the pelvic floor muscles. Men often experience pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, or incontinence of stool following treatment for many different types of cancer.
Many people do not realize that men also have a pelvic floor composed of muscles that help support the intestines, rectum, bladder and testes. These muscles like any others in the body can get too tight or weak. Men can benefit from physical therapy to help retrain these muscles.
Treatment consists of education, assessment of pelvic and body alignment, exercises, and myofascial release.