Your pelvic floor cradles your reproductive organs as well as your urinary and lower digestive tracts. Menopause, pregnancy, and childbirth can weaken your pelvic floor and lead to issues like urinary incontinence and prolapse. Fortunately, you don’t have to learn to live with these disruptive issues. Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC in Leesburg, and Lady Lake, in Florida, offers pelvic floor physical therapy to help you rebuild strength in your pelvic floor and restore your quality of life. Call Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC or schedule a consultation online today.
Physical therapy is a treatment that uses exercises, stretches, and manual therapies to restore strength, flexibility, and range of motion in your muscles and connective tissues. You might associate physical therapy with recovery from injury or surgery, but it can also help repair and restore your pelvic floor.
Pelvic floor physical therapy combines exercises like Kegels, stretches and massages, mild electrical or laser stimulation, and dilators. Depending on your needs, your treatment can stretch tight muscles, strengthen weak muscles, and improve your overall health.
Your therapist also provides educational resources to teach you about your pelvic anatomy and how your muscles work and cooperate to support the organs in your pelvis.
Your doctor will recommend pelvic floor physical therapy as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for a wide range of issues, including:
You can develop pelvic floor weakness after pregnancy and childbirth, which put significant physical stress on your pelvic floor muscles. Additionally, as you approach menopause and your hormone levels change, you can develop vaginal atrophy, a condition that makes the muscles in and around your vagina weak, dry, and vulnerable to injury.
Some women have vaginismus, a condition that causes the vaginal and pelvic floor muscles to tighten involuntarily when they attempt penetrative vaginal intercourse. Vaginismus doesn’t typically interfere with arousal, but it makes sex and inserting a tampon nearly impossible.
In most cases, you have a series of 6-8 hourlong pelvic floor physical therapy sessions. You might need additional follow-up appointments to maintain your results.
During your first appointment, your physical therapist talks to you about your symptoms and medical history. They provide an exam to look for signs of damage or other issues with your pelvic floor as well as your lumbar spine, hips, posture, and gait. They test your ability to contract your pelvic floor muscles.
After your evaluation, your physical therapist creates a personalized treatment plan to address your specific needs. Your plan can include exercises, manual therapies, and other carefully selected treatments to restore your pelvic floor.
If you’re concerned about your pelvic floor or are living with disruptive symptoms like incontinence, call Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC or make an appointment online today.