Pelvic Floor Therapy

Pelvic floor therapy can is often an option for treatment of Pelvic floor disorders (PFDs). These disorders involve the pelvic floor, layers of muscle and tissue that stretch from the tailbone to the front of the pubic bone, similar to a sling or hammock. 

Pelvic floor therapists will teach you various techniques and muscle exercises to help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and improve your symptoms or condition. 

Common symptoms of PFDs include:

  • Difficulty starting to urinate or emptying the bladder completely
  • Chronic urinary tract infections
  • Leaking urine caused by laughing, coughing or exercise
  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Pain during urination
  • Leaking stool or having a hard time controlling gas
  • Constipation
  • Trouble getting to the bathroom in time
  • A feeling of fullness or aching in the vagina that increases with bowel movements or by the end of the day
  • A visible "bulge" in the vagina

Factors that may lead to a weakened pelvic floor include:

  • Labor and childbirth
  • Being out of shape
  • Obesity
  • Chronic constipation
  • Heavy lifting
  • Chronic cough
  • Aging
  • Surgery
  • Radiation
  • Hereditary predisposition