The pelvic floor is the sling of muscles, ligaments and nerves that run from your tailbone to your pubic bone. The pelvic floor functions to support the pelvis and pelvic organs, control bladder and bowel release, stabilize and mobilize the pelvic organs, and assist in sexual processes.
Pelvic rehabilitation is a nonsurgical approach to treat pelvic dysfunctions that contribute to bowel, bladder, sexual health or pain complaints. Treatments to reduce or eliminate a pelvic dysfunction may include therapeutic exercises, manual therapies, behavioral strategies, education, functional retraining and modalities. A skilled RiverView physical therapist will determine the type of treatment needed for you, following an examination of the pelvic floor musculature, postural assessment, and your subjective report of symptoms. A referral from a medical provider is needed to initiate physical therapy services.
Common pelvic floor dysfunctions include:
- Fecal or urinary incontinence
- Pelvic pain
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Radiation proctitis
- Proctalgia fugax
- Pudendal nerve dysfunction
- Diastasis recti