Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and Physical Therapy

Pelvic floor disorders are a quiet epidemic in the lives of both men and women; a disorder that many are uncomfortable even mentioning to their doctors. Nearly one in four women has a pelvic floor disorder at any given time and approximately one in ten men experience symptoms related to pelvic floor dysfunction during their lifetime. Pelvic floor physical therapy is a growing field that addresses many of the problems related to pelvic floor dysfunction as well as offering preventative services such as helping pregnant women prepare for an easier delivery and preventing post-partum complications. Like other types of physical therapists, Pelvic Floor Physical Therapists specialize in treating physical problems. However Pelvic Floor Therapists address many of the issues that people are too embarrassed to talk about. Pelvic floor dysfunction, or PFD, is a term used to described pain and trouble of bladder, bowel or sexual function due to restriction of the muscles and nerves of the pelvis. Some of the common diagnoses treated by a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist include the inability to control bowel or bladder function, pelvic organ prolapse, pregnancy and recovery, pelvic pain and urinary urgency/frequency in both men and women. Although PFD is more common among women, symptoms related to pelvic floor dysfunction effect millions of men each year. Physical therapists specializing in Pelvic Floor and Women’s Health Physical Therapy use a wide range of hands-on techniques to release restrictions of pelvic floor, hip, abdominal, low back muscles and internal organs. Biofeedback training, relaxation and strengthening exercises are also used to retrain the muscles of the pelvis. The ultimate goal of pelvic floor physical therapy is to restore pelvic stability and function so that patients are able to participate in their daily and recreational activities without the worry of pain or embarrassment. If you believe that you may benefit from Pelvic Floor and Women’s Health Physical Therapy or have any questions about pelvic floor dysfunction, speak with your doctor or call Sawtooth Physical Therapy at 208-377-3850. Symptoms or Conditions Addressed Include
  • Coccyx or Pubic Bone Pain
  • Constipation
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Pain / Weakness Following Cancer Treatments for Various Pelvic Organs (ovarian, cervical, prostate, bowel, bladder, etc)
  • Painful Intercourse (Dyspareunia)
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse (bladder, rectum, etc)
  • Pregnancy and Post-Partum Pain
  • Pudendal Neuralgia
  • Rectal Pain
  • Urinary / Fecal Incontinence
  • Urinary Urgency or Frequency
  • Vaginal Pain (Vulvodynia)
  • Vaginal Tightness Limiting Intercourse (Vaginismus)
  • Vulvar Vestibulitis

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