Therapies

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

Allied health care

Pelvic floor physical therapy helps to recognize the muscles around the pelvis and to use them in the right way. In addition to (exercise) therapy, the pelvic floor physical therapist also gives advice on nutrition and fluid intake, correct toilet posture and hygiene.


Description

Pelvic floor physical therapy is a method in which a person learns to feel the muscles of the pelvic floor and use them consciously. Because people cannot see these muscles by themselves, it is sometimes difficult to use them properly and to train them. Attention and guidance by a physical therapist is therefore often useful. By means of exercises, one can strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. In this way, they can better absorb the pressure that arises from movements on the pelvic floor. The closing mechanism of the bladder can also be strengthened, so that urine is less easily lost unintentionally.


Indication

Pelvic floor physical therapy can help with the following symptoms:

In addition, a pelvic floor physical therapist provides guidance in case of surgery in the lower abdomen.


Application

The physical therapist first asks what exactly the symptoms are, in order to draw up a good treatment plan in consultation with the patient. The treatment often starts with some tests to see if the tension of the pelvic floor muscles is normal and how quickly these muscles can be tightened and relaxed.

The tests are done with exercises such as: ‘try to close and pull in the vagina’ or ‘try to stop a wind’. After learning to use the muscles in a right way, it’s important that these movements become part of the daily routine. This can be done, for example, by practicing postures and movements in which the pelvic floor muscles are more or less automatically tightened.

The treatment of the pelvic floor physical therapist might be supported with electrostimulation, balloon training and myofeedback. These tools help to record the muscle tension of the pelvic floor. The woman also learns how to relax the muscles properly, for example during toilet visits or sexual intercourse. In addition, the physical therapist advises on how to prevent unnecessary pressure on the pelvic floor.


Effect

In many cases, pelvic floor physical therapy helps a lot and can reduce or even remedy incontinence problems. Moreover, less incontinence material is required, and any operation may even be postponed or prevented.


Considerations

Advice for pelvic floor problems:


Facts


Synonyms

Pelvic Floor Therapy


See also

Constipation

Low Back Pain

Exercise Therapy

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