Wasatch Peak Physical Therapy is proud to feature an orthopedic clinical specialist certified in women’s health. We are currently accepting patients suffering from incontinence, constipation, pelvic pain, organ prolapse, postpartum changes, and other pelvic floor and urogynecology issues. Many women have found relief from their pain and discomfort through pelvic floor therapy in an outpatient rehabilitation setting.
What is Pelvic Floor Disorder?
Pelvic floor disorders are prevalent. They affect at least one third of all women and half of all women age 55 and older.
Pelvic floor disorders do not only affect older women, but also occur in the younger female population.
The pelvic floor is made up of muscles, ligaments and connective tissue that act like a hammock, running front to back to support the pelvic and abdominal organs. It helps to control bowel and bladder and plays a role in sexual activity. The pelvic floor is also important in stabilizing the pelvis and is one of the core stabilizers.
Pelvic floor disorders can lead to:
• Stress Urinary Incontinence
• Urge Urinary Incontinence
• Mixed Incontinence (stress and urge)
• Urinary Urgence and Frequency (without incontinence)
• Bowel Incontinence
• Pelvic Pain or Pressure
• Pain with Intercourse
• Coccyx Pain
How can Physical Therapy help Pelvic Floor Disorders?
Wasatch Peak Physical Therapy has a Physical Therapist trained in Women’s Health issues who will perform a thorough evaluation to determine the cause of symptoms and design a treatment program that is individualized for each patient.
Treatment will vary depending on the symptoms and dysfunctions present.
Treatment may consist of
• Exercises to identify and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles correctly
• Abdominal strengthening exercises
• Biofeedback techniques to improve muscle contraction and relaxation
• Electrical stimulation to improve awareness and strength of muscles
• Soft tissue mobilization and myofascial release to address muscle imbalances
• Joint mobilization
• Relaxation techniques
• Education on diet and nutrition to avoid food and drinks that may irritate the bladder
•Education on changing behaviors which may be making symptoms worse
Physical Therapy Can
• Give you control over your life and your bladder
• Decrease pain and increase activity tolerance
• Reduce the use of medications for incontinence and pain
• Possibly prevent the need for surgery
• Assist with the referral resources if physical therapy is unsuccessful
Do you have a pelvic floor disorder?
• Do you have to use the restroom frequently throughout the day?
• Do you experience pain or pressure in the vagina?
• Do you experience pain during intercourse?
• Do you make a mental note of where all the bathrooms are located when you enter a building?
• Do you leak when you cough, sneeze or lift heavy items?
• Do you find it hard to make it to the restroom, sometimes leaking or having an accident on the way?
• Do you have to use pads or other protection to absorb bladder leakage?
• Do you experience leakage of the bowel?
These issues are not a normal part of aging and are not something you just have to live with.
If you answered yes to any of these questions, there may be something you can do about it.