Pelvic Floor Program
What Is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?
Pelvic floor dysfunction is considered to be any under-activity, over-activity, or poor coordination of the muscles of the pelvic floor.
These symptoms are commonly caused by pregnancy and abdominal or pelvic surgeries, such as prostate removal and C-section. Other causes include, but are not limited to endometriosis, menopause, radiation, medication, neurologic disorders, nerve damage, and chronic UTIs or bladder infections.
Symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction include pain in any of the muscles or ligaments of the pelvic girdle, lower back pain, leg pain, incontinence (or “leakage”), pain at the tailbone, pain during sex, heaviness or fullness in the pelvis, constipation, painful bowel movements, inability to empty bladder. Pelvic pain can include pain at the pelvic floor, sacroiliac joint, tailbone, or pubic bone. Types of incontinence include stress incontinence, urgency incontinence, and mixed incontinence.
Pelvic Floor Therapy & Treatment
Common barriers to dysfunction include muscle weakness, fascial restrictions, joint stiffness or laxity, and movement compensations. PT treatment addresses these dysfunctions in order to decrease frequency and severity of symptoms. Treatment includes pelvic floor strengthening, core muscle strengthening, pelvic myofascial release, pelvic muscle energy techniques, and patient education on how to best manage symptoms.
Most women are not aware that specialized pelvic floor treatment can help with their symptoms. Knowing what is going on with your pelvic floor is the first step to healing. Many women’s health issues have their origins in the pelvic floor muscles. You may experience many types of pain related to the pelvic floor including:
- Bowel Dysfunctions
- Stress IU
- Pelvic Pain Syndromes
- Chronic Pelvic Pain
- Dyspareunia (painful intercourse)
- Hip Pain
- Back Pain
- Diastasis Recti
- Post-partum Rehabilitation
- Vulvar Pain
- Pudendal Neuralgia
- Urinary Incontinence
Our therapist, who specializes in women’s health and pelvic floor rehabilitation, will conduct an examination to determine the source of pain or weakness and create a customized treatment plan that fits with their goals and lifestyle. Our goal is to build strength and flexibility while reducing any pain you are experiencing, so you can return to a pain free, stronger and healthier life.
To learn more about our women’s health program, visit Exchange Physical Therapy Group in Hoboken and Jersey City. Our team is made up of enthusiastic, hands-on providers who offer a comprehensive range of services. We are open six days a week and accept walk-ins, so you can come in anytime or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment.