If you are considering physical therapy as an option to treat pelvic floor dysfunction, you may wonder what happens exactly during a physical therapy session. After all, the pelvic floor is a sensitive area, and you want to make sure that you are fully prepared.
These are some of the therapeutic techniques that may be used during pelvic floor physical therapy.
Exercises & Stretches
One of the first things you will work on is building appropriate strength and flexibility in your hips and core. You will work with a physical therapist to stretch and lengthen the pelvis and trunk. This gives you a wide range of motion and the control you need over your pelvic floor.
In some cases, the exercises may be Kegel exercises. These exercises help you build strength and control over the pelvic floor itself. These exercises involve the contraction and release of your internal pelvic muscles. Your therapist helps you perform these exercises safely and effectively.
Have you tried to do Kegel exercises but do not know if you are doing the right movements? Are you unsure if you are actually releasing your pelvic floor? You are not alone. A physical therapist can help you with biofeedback to ensure that you have all the tools necessary to perform the correct movements. A therapist may also use an ultrasound to confirm your movements.
Lifestyle Advice & Adjustments
Often, a physical therapist looks for other aspects of your life that could use some adjustment. This is especially the case if your pelvic floor dysfunction is linked to your bladder and urination in general. The therapist can study your symptoms and help you make lifestyle changes that further strengthen your bladder.
Physical therapists who offer pelvic floor therapy may also help you focus on bladder retraining. If you struggle to hold your urine, for example, a physical therapist helps you build the ability to hold your urine longer.
Many people do not realize how much breathing can do for a physical therapy plan. With proper breathing techniques, a physical therapist can help you relax your pelvic floor so that you can participate in other physical therapy techniques, like treatment for vaginismus with dilators.
Call a Physical Therapist For More Information
If you are still unsure about getting physical therapy for pelvic floor dysfunction, call a therapist today. You can ask specific questions about treatment plans and make an appointment for a consultation based on your diagnosis.