Physical Therapy Addresses Many Women’s Issues

Pelvic Floor Therapy

If you’re a woman struggling with pelvic pain, pain during intercourse, endometriosis, or urinary incontinence, specialized physical therapy may help relieve your symptoms. Pelvic floor physical therapy is a non-surgical treatment to help treat pelvic floor dysfunction.

This type of physical therapy for women involves several techniques, including:

  • Exercises to help relax or strengthen the pelvic floor muscles
  • Biofeedback, in which sensors record pelvic floor muscle activity for patients to see how their muscles respond to exercise
  • Manual therapy to help with blood flow and to stretch and release connective tissue in the pelvic region
  • Patient education about the pelvic floor and its functions

What conditions respond best to pelvic floor physical therapy?

  • Pelvic floor physical therapy can help women who struggle with:
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Endometriosis
  • Urinary and bowel incontinence
  • Difficulty urinating or moving the bowels
  • Painful intercourse

How do I know if I’m a candidate for pelvic floor therapy?

You may be a candidate for pelvic floor therapy if you have any of the conditions listed above or other pelvic problems. This type of women’s health physical therapy can be used in conjunction with medication and surgery. Or you may choose pelvic floor therapy in place of other treatments. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms and if pelvic floor physical therapy is right for you.

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