Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

Have you spoken to your OBGYN or urologist about some “leaky” issues you have been having with no real solution in sight? Have you had every test and treatment under the sun for pain in the pelvic area without any improvement? Have you been having pain and discomfort during sexual intimacy with your partner? Many times, long standing pelvic pain does not improve because the pelvic floor is the missing link.

You may be the right candidate for pelvic floor physical therapy.

Pelvic floor Physical Therapy is a specialized branch of PT that focuses on helping patients better engage the muscles of the pelvic girdle. The “pelvic floor” itself is a sling of muscles at the bottom, or base, of your pelvis. Through specialized training, pelvic floor PTs can address pain, weakness, dysfunction that may be causing any of the issues mentioned above and more.

Because of its location, the pelvic floor musculature is responsible for sphincteric/continence control during urination/bowel movements, sexual function, respiration, organ support, as well as, posture and stability.

Pelvic organ prolapse, is another common condition which is estimated to affect as many as 25-65% of women seeking routine GYN care. POP may lead to feelings of heaviness or bulging, but oftentimes, is not even associated with any symptoms.

At Next Level, you will meet with a Pelvic Floor PT who will take a detailed subjective history and perform both external and internal (as needed) exams of musculature to determine tightness, strength and coordination of your pelvic floor. You will learn how high stress, faulty breathing patterns and bathroom behaviors (that we learned innocently as a kid) can wreak havoc on your pelvic floor without you even knowing about it!

Pelvic PT goes well beyond the “kegel” and is underserved in today’s population. In fact, research suggests that up to 50% of people who attempt a kegel do so improperly which can worsen symptoms.

Pelvic floor PT is a conservative, evidenced based treatment to help both men and women avoid unnecessary pain medication, surgeries, and/or dealing with everyday symptoms that are “common but not normal”.