Pelvic Health FAQs
What is the pelvic floor?
The pelvic floor includes muscles that stretch from the pubic bone to the tailbone in both men and women. It consists of 3 layers of muscles that are responsible for holding up our internal organs against gravity. It is also tasked with maintaining control of bodily functions.
Truth be told, most people rarely think about the pelvic floor when it is working properly. However, when someone cannot tolerate intercourse or starts to leak urine or fecal matter; fixing the pelvic floor becomes a priority. That’s where a pelvic physical therapist comes in.
The pelvic floor is under the most stress when it has to maintain tension against a growing baby for over 9 months and then stretch enough to allow for that baby to pass when he or she is fully grown. As if that wasn’t enough work; the pelvic floor hardly gets a chance to rest and recover after delivery because it still has the responsibility of maintaining urinary and fecal continence.
Just like other muscles in the body; the pelvic floor can be weak, strong, shortened, elongated and/or in spasm. The muscles of the pelvic floor work the best when they are pliable and stretchy, with a soft resting tone and the ability to contract efficiently when the demands present.
What does a pelvic floor physical therapist do?
A pelvic floor physical therapist will evaluate the 3 layers of pelvic floor muscles to assess strength, range of motion and function. Once the problem is diagnosed by the therapist, they will use a variety of different treatment techniques to fix it. The goal is always to help you gain control over your pelvic floor and get back to living your best and most confident life. For more information, Contact Us Today at Robbinsville, NJ center to schedule an appointment.