Pelvic Health Physical Therapy
What is Pelvic Floor Therapy?
Pelvic floor therapy is an important part of your overall health. As we age, both men and women can experience issues with the pelvic floor muscles, joints, nerves, bones, and other soft tissues related to the pelvis. A weakened pelvic floor can lead to bowel and bladder issues, incontinence, and sexual dysfunction.
At ESSMC our physical therapist offers pelvic floor therapy options with a wide variety of benefits such as:
- Reduced Bladder and Bowel Issues
- Bladder and bowel issues are common among older men and among women who have experienced a difficult or traumatic pregnancy. Mild incontinence is often caused by a pelvic floor dysfunction, which affects the ability to be able to “hold” bowel or urinary functions. Also, constipation, difficulty with bowel movement, fecal incontinence
- Reduced Musculoskeletal Pain
- The entire musculoskeletal system works as a single unit. Because of this, a pelvic floor dysfunction can affect many other parts of the body, such as the back, hips, and groin, and lead to pain and spasms. Pelvic floor therapy can eliminate these issues altogether and restore the balance of the body.
- Sexual and Overall Wellness
- Pelvic pain can seriously affect Men and Women’s sexual well-being by causing undesirable intercourse, impotence, and even erectile dysfunction (ED) in men. Pelvic floor therapy has been proven to aid with these issues, and help patients live a more fulfilling life.
- Pregnancy and Post-Partum
- During pregnancy, many women experience symptoms that pelvic floor physical therapy can address such as constipation, urinary urgency, frequency, and leaking, pubic symphysis pain/separation, sacro-iliac joint, hip, and back pain, and sciatic pain.
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Postpartum pelvic floor physical therapy can help with:
- Urinary retention, urgency, frequency, hesitancy, pain, and incontinence (leaking)
- Painful sex, diminished or absent orgasm
- Restoring core function and strength: abdominals and pelvic floor
- Pelvic floor and pelvic girdle, low back, and hip pain
- Cesarean section and episiotomy scar tissue and pain
If you’re looking for a pelvic health physical therapist in the Pittsburgh area, please call us at (412) 856-8060 or submit an online appointment request form.