Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation and Therapy
Pelvic floor therapy is coming into vogue after too many years of actively ignoring one of the most essential and important areas of the body by labeling it “private.” Pelvic floor therapy targets the pelvic bowl muscles, which make up the base of our core strength. Any imbalances in the pelvic floor musculature can create or worsen symptoms such as urinary incontinence, chronic vaginal or urinary infections, pelvic pain, menstrual pain, sexual dysfunction, vaginal dryness, prolapse, hemorrhoids, low back pain and tailbone pain.
- Childbirth, injuries & falls, emotional stressors, sexual experiences or traumas, surgeries and repetitive daily activities such as sports, jobs, and hobbies can all affect the function of our pelvic floor.
- Pelvic floor work is beneficial for all women starting 6 weeks post childbirth. Even uncomplicated births can lead to muscular imbalances, trigger points and alterations in the pelvic floor, as can c-sections.
- Pelvic floor work can be helpful in fertility support & preparing for pregnancy.
- Pelvic floor therapy can be therapeutic many years after the triggering events.
- Athletes, women who have never had children and men can benefit from and need pelvic floor therapy too.
A pelvic floor bodywork session may include external work on the gluteus muscles, legs, low back or tailbone in addition to internal work. Some initial palpation or muscle testing helps locate the main areas to address. Communication by the provider during appointments helps provide a safe, therapeutic environment for healing.