Pelvic floor dysfunction has many different presentations and affects both women and men.
There are common pelvic floor problems, like incontinence, constipation, pain with urination, pain with sex or problems after surgery, childbirth or pregnancy. However, other issues, such as pain or numbness in the groin, perineum, tailbone, hip, inner thigh, or lower back can also have links to the pelvic floor.
Also, long-standing diseases, such as Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, endometriosis or syndromes like IBS and recurrent yeast or urinary infections impact the pelvic floor. This is because the pelvic floor is central to many body processes. It is the foundation of the “core,” controls bowel and bladder function, facilitates sexual appreciation, reveals hormonal health, and pumps lymphatics to maintain circulation.
At Beacon Physical Therapy, we treat pelvic floor symptoms by considering all these aspects. Specific techniques include internal and external assessment of the pelvic floor muscles, connective tissue and myofascial mobilization and neural, joint and visceral mobilization.
We also emphasize neuromuscular re-education and return to function via exercises, biofeedback and awareness training.
Once local dysfunctions are determined, we relate them to the the body as whole. In this way, a pelvic floor dysfunction is not only treated in isolation, but also integrated into your daily activities from posture and sitting to activities such as cycling and hiking.
For more information, send us an email or give our office a call to see how we can assist you in your road to rehabilitation.