Are you dealing with pelvic pain, urinary incontinence or bowel issues? Many people don't even know what Pelvic Floor Dysfunction means. It's important to know what is considered "normal" pelvic changes and if you are having issues, how to go about getting rid of them. Learn the Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (and Function) basics by watching the video below.
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➸ Pelvic health is not only for women, but men have pelvic floors too! And there is a specialty within physical therapy that includes pelvic floor issues. This requires additional post-graduate training of your attending physical therapist.
➸ Some pelvic floor issues include, but are not limited to, urinary leakage, increased urinary frequency or urge, urinary retention or difficulty starting or stopping your flow, fecal or gas leakage, pain or issues with sex, preparing for pregnancy and birth, postpartum care, pelvic joint pain (SI joints, tailbone, pubic bone).
➸ Your pelvic floor muscles have 5 essential functions: stability for the pelvis, sexual function, sphincteric function (open/close your pelvic openings), support for your pelvic organs, and lymphatic/blood flow from the lower extremities and pelvis.
➸ Age does not rule you in or out for pelvic issues. From childhood to adulthood, people have pelvic floor issues that can be addressed through lifestyle modifications, physical therapy and breathing strategies.
➸ Your “core” is more than just your abs- it includes the pelvic floor muscles, diaphragm, deep abdominals and lumbar stabilizer muscles.
➸ Your pelvic floor and diaphragm work as a piston. With each inhale, your diaphragm pushes the pelvic floor down (reverse kegel) and then with each exhale it lifts the pelvic floor up (kegel).
➸ If this is something you are dealing with or have dealt with in the past, reach out and let’s chat about your situation. Let’s get you moving and on the right path.
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Disclaimer: I am a physical therapist, but I am not a physical therapist who has done a formal evaluation on YOU. All information in this post is for educational purposes only. It is always best to receive specific recommendations from your healthcare provider team.