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
Contact us at 704-269-8405 see if we can help your symptoms today!