Men & Women Pelvic Health
Millions of Americans are suffering from pelvic floor dysfunction, yet for most, the disease goes unidentified and untreated. Statistics say that 1 out of every 5 Americans (of every age) suffer from some type of pelvic floor dysfunction at some time in their life. Over 25 million Americans suffer from urinary incontinence alone or involuntary loss of urine. And it is not just a “women’s” disorder; men and children can have pelvic floor dysfunction as well.
Pelvic floor dysfunction refers to a wide range of problems that occur when the muscles of the pelvic floor are weak, tight, or there is an impairment of the sacroiliac (SI) joint, low back, coccyx and/or hip joint. The tissues surrounding the pelvic organs may have increased or decreased sensitivity and/or irritation resulting in pelvic pain. Many times, the underlying cause of pelvic pain is difficult to determine.
These conditions may be due to infections (usually undiagnosed), pregnancy or childbirth, insidious onset, poor posture from chronic low back or SI dysfunction, trauma (e.g., bad fall), or a result of surgery. The pelvic floor is made up of muscles and other tissues that form a sling from the pubic bone to the tailbone. They assist in supporting the abdominal and pelvic organs, and help to control bladder, bowel and sexual activity.
Anatomy of the Pelvic Floor
The physical therapists at Beyond Basics are experts in designing PT and rehab regimens to treat pelvic pain and PFD. Patients are referred to us because they have one or more of the following problems:
- Disorders of the bladder
- Disorders of the bowel
- IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
- Feeling of fullness/abdominal pain, pressure, discomfort, and bloating
- Sexual Dysfunctions
- Levator Ani Syndrome refers to pain, pressure, or ache in the sacrum, coccyx, rectum, and/or vagina caused by unusual tension in the levator ani muscles.
- may increase with intercourse, sitting, defecation, and constipation
- pain referred to the thigh or coccyx/sacrum, gluteal region
- severe, sharp, burning, or ache with urination
- Pelvic Pain/Dysfunction
- Pudendal neuralgia
- Vulvar vestibulitis
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
- Pelvic congestion
- Erectile dysfunction
- Lichens sclerosus
- Lichens planus
- Post-Surgical: hysterectomy, hernia, laparoscopy, caesarean section, appendectomy, prostatectomy, and episiotomy.
Treatment may include:
- External and internal manual therapy including: myofascial release and trigger point release, visceral manipulation, connective tissue manipulation, and craniosacral therapy
- Biofeedback, electrical stimulation, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
- Cold laser, heat and cold therapy
We encourage treatment to be multidisciplinary and holistic. We offer help with stress management, nutritional counseling, massage therapy, support groups and psychological services. Read more about complementary services.
For more information, please contact us.