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Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy for Women Explained by Your Cherry Creek Wellness Center

August 9, 2017

When the muscles in a woman’s pelvic area become damaged, endures trauma or any type of experience that can affect them, a pelvic floor disorder or dysfunction can occur. Nearly a third of all women in America suffering from pelvic floor issues, so if you are one, know that you are not alone and there are things that can be done. Learn more about pelvic floor disorders and dysfunctions, signs to watch out for after you have a baby and ways physical therapy can help.

Pelvic Floor Dysfunctions and Disorders

Pelvic floor issues arise when a woman is not able to control the muscles in her pelvic area. Usually, issues arise after a traumatic event. Pelvic floor issues can also occur after a woman has had a baby. Upon experiencing an event that leads to a disorder, women may have urinary or fecal incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse, where organs in the area can drop. Learn more in WebMD’s Pelvic Organ Prolapse. Because of pelvic floor issues, a woman can experience a variety of symptoms from muscle spasms and pain to issues with bowel movements and urinary issues. Some women also experience back pain or painful intercourse.

Signs to Watch for Before and After Having a Baby

One of the top causes of pelvic floor disorders in women is postpartum. Having a baby can be traumatic to the pelvic region. In addition, the pregnancy itself can also make changes to the pelvic floor with the changes that take place in the body. With these changes and added weight, the muscles in the region are directly affected. It is important for new moms to monitor their progress and let their doctor know of any issues that do not heal normally. Pay attention to incontinence or an overactive bladder, as well as any of the symptoms mentioned above.

Ways Physical Therapy Can Help

In addition to care by your physician, you can also help to resolve a pelvic floor disorder or dysfunction by visiting a local physical therapist. The physical therapist will learn more about you and the issues you are having. They will put together a custom treatment plan with the goal of healing. During your initial visit, your physical therapist will go through your history, review your muscles and nerves as well as your range of motion. You can take a series of classes to help with recover or can also use trigger-point dry needling. Learn more about this method in an in-depth look at trigger point dry needling at Cherry Creek Wellness Center. For women who have recently given birth, classes are available to help you regain your strength. Usually these can be taken six weeks after your child is born. You can speak more with your doctor and physical therapist about when is the right time for you to begin pelvic work.

If you are looking for ways to strengthen your pelvic floor and resolve any other issues associated with a weak pelvic floor, Cherry Creek Wellness Center can help. We have specially trained doctors that will work with you to resolve your issues so you can take back control of your life. Contact us at 303-333-3493 today to get started on your plan.