Thursday, August 16, 2012

So, just what is your pelvic floor?

The pelvic floor is a group of muscles whose job it is to aid in urinary and bowel continence and to support the contents of your pelvis, such as the bladder and uterus. Most people are unaware that they even have these muscles because they function pretty much independently, doing their job without you having to think about it. It is when something starts to go wrong with the pelvic floor muscles that people find out that they have them and they are not functioning properly.
           
In its simplest form, pelvic floor dysfunction – aka, when something goes wrong- can usually be broken down into two categories.
1: pelvic floor muscle weakness
2: pelvic floor muscle tension.
With weakness, typically this will show up as incontinence or leakage of urine or bowels.  
Tension of pelvic floor muscles may present as constipation, pain with sitting, tailbone pain or pain with intercourse.

Pelvic floor dysfunction is kind of an umbrella term that covers many diagnoses.  If you have issues with your pelvic floor, talk to your doctor about physical therapy as an option for treatment. 
 To find a physical therapist near you who specializes in pelvic floor dysfunction, please refer to the following websites:
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Section on Women’s Health:
Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute

Come back next week when I will be diving in to more specific diagnoses related to the pelvic floor!

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