Pelvic floor therapy is a treatment that’s beneficial for conditions such as pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, urinary urgency, and constipation. North Florida OBGYN of Jacksonville Beach offers several types of effective pelvic floor therapy.
What is the Pelvic Floor?
The pelvic floor muscles are the layer of muscles that span the pelvic region. It mainly supports the pelvic organs. For women, these are the bladder, bowel, and uterus. Strong pelvic muscles are important for bladder and bowel control. When these muscles are weakened, the pelvic organs are not properly supported. This can lead incontinence, pain, discomfort and other symptoms.
What Causes Weakened Pelvic Floor Muscles?
There are a number of things that can lead to a weakened pelvic floor. These include supporting added weight during pregnancy, vaginal childbirth, and pressure from obesity. Also, chronic constipation, high impact exercise, and heavy weightlifting. Pelvic floor therapy is very beneficial to both women and men. Especially those suffering from weakened pelvic floor muscles.
What are the Symptoms of a Weakened Pelvic Floor?
The symptoms of a weakened pelvic floor can be painful and embarrassing. They can definitely interfere with your daily life. Talk to your gynecologist in Jacksonville about pelvic floor therapy if you have any of the following symptoms.
- Urinary urgency and frequency
- Urinary incontinence
- Bowel incontinence
- Pelvic pressure
- Pelvic pain
- Pain during intercourse
- Incomplete emptying of bladder
- Lower back pain
What types of Pelvic Floor Therapy are Available?
Pelvic floor therapy can include physiotherapy, doing specific exercises at home, and diaphragmatic breathing. Also, learning to relax the pelvic muscles and changing certain behaviors (such as straining when going to the bathroom).
In pelvic floor therapy, a specially trained healthcare provider such as a physical therapist. Will work with you to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. It may involve having a flexibility and strength assessment, pelvic floor muscle surface EMG, pelvic area assessment, postural exercises, relaxation techniques and developing a home exercise plan.
What is Electrical Stimulation Therapy?
Electrical stimulation therapy is a non-invasive type of pelvic floor therapy offered by North Florida OBGYN. In this type of therapy, sticky pads are placed around the vagina. In addition, a small tampon-shaped piece is inserted into the vagina or rectum. Low-grade electrical impulses are delivered to the nerves through the pads or insert.
The impulses are not painful but may take some getting used to for some patients. The pelvic floor muscles are stimulated to contract and release, helping to strengthen them. The therapy is typically performed weekly by your healthcare provider. There are cases that could lead several weeks or more, depending on the severity of your condition.
Electrical stimulation therapy can be very beneficial for people suffering from weak pelvic floor muscles, pelvic floor disorder, incontinence and pelvic pain. It can be a great treatment option for people with less severe symptoms. Including those wanting to avoid the risks and downtime of surgery.
- Reduced pelvic pain
- Improved control of bladder
- Improved control of bowel
- Decreased pressure in pelvic area
- Improvement in prolapse
- Decrease in pain during intercourse
Pelvic Floor Therapy at North Florida OBGYN of Jacksonville Beach
If you’re suffering from symptoms of a weakened pelvic floor or a pelvic floor disorder, contact North Florida OBGY of Jacksonville Beach. Our caring team of healthcare providers will help you find the right form of pelvic floor therapy for you. Call 904-440-0810 for an appointment.