Do your leak when you sneeze? Do you have pelvic pain with intercourse?
Did you know you have muscles in your pelvis? The function of the pelvic floor is to coordinate bowel, bladder, and sexual function. If you answer “Yes” to any of the questions below or are feeling frustrated, nervous or emotional about changes in your pelvic floor area, please speak to your physician, nurse, or a Physical Therapist who specializes in pelvic floor treatment.
Do you feel confident with your ability to perform short and long contractions of your pelvic floor?
Do you have any pushing, straining or difficulty with bowel movements?
Do you feel any pressure or bulging in your vaginal area?
Do you feel you need to use the restroom more than usual?
Do you feel more urgency around needing to urinate, and sometimes leak?
Do you have any leakage of bowel or urine with exercise, lifting or carrying?
Do you have any fears regarding sexual activity?
Do you have pain with sexual activity?
Pelvic floor physical therapy is designed to look at muscular or structural imbalances that maybe contributing to your dysfunction, pain, or other issues. A typical therapy session will be between 45-60 minutes to evaluate the muscles of the abdominals, back, hips, and pelvic floor. Muscle function can be assessed both external and internally (via rectum or vagina) for tension, weakness, or issues of coordination.
Pelvic floor Physical Therapists will collaborate with your doctors to expedite your healing process. Changes in urinary, bowel, sexual function, and even pain are symptoms that can be treated and resolved. You have the choice, you can live with pelvic floor dysfunction, or you can opt 4 better pelvic health and opt4pt!
This blog post was provided by Katie Woolf, DPT. Katie is a Physical Therapist at the University of Utah and specializes in pelvic floor Physical Therapy. You can schedule an appointment with Katie or one of her colleagues by calling 801-213-4500 (South Jordan Health Center), 801-587-7005 (University of Utah Orthopedic Center), 801-213-4000 (University of Utah Women’s Clinic at Salt Lake Regional)