Many women, as they age, may find that their pelvic muscles are no longer as strong as they used to be. During typical everyday activities, they may experience pelvic discomfort, general weakness, decreased sexual pleasure, or urinary incontinence. In this case, they can benefit from pelvic floor therapy Boca Raton.
Pelvic floor therapy exercises help treat pelvic floor dysfunction symptoms such as pain and discomfort, affecting your quality of life.
What is pelvic floor dysfunction?
Pelvic floor dysfunction is a medical disorder in which the muscles in your pelvic floor can’t relax or work together correctly. If you cannot relax specific muscles and can only tense them, you experience symptoms like:
- Frequently peeing
- Difficulty in controlling the bladder leads to urine leaks
- Pain during sex
- Pelvic, back, or rectal pain
- Muscle spasms
Pelvic floor dysfunction may result from factors like aging, pelvic surgery, pregnancy, being overweight, and severe injury to the pelvic muscles.
Pelvic floor physical therapy
Pelvic floor physical therapy is a type of physical therapy designed to alleviate the symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction and restore the proper function of pelvic muscles.
The purpose of pelvic floor physical therapy is to alleviate your symptoms so you may resume your normal activities. This might include being able to regulate your bladder better or participating in activities and workouts you like.
Physical therapy may also relieve soreness and pain in women during sex. Some exercises may assist them in being more conscious of their muscles and improving their orgasms.
Techniques and exercises to treat pelvic floor dysfunction
Methods or activities used in pelvic floor physical therapy include:
Avoiding pushing or straining when peeing and pooping may relieve some pressure on your pelvic floor muscles and help you feel better. Maintaining proper posture to reduce stress on the bladder and pelvic organs and taking regular warm baths can help with pelvic floor issues. Stretching and yoga daily might also assist.
Biofeedback can detect the extent of muscle stiffness in your pelvic floor muscles using electrodes placed on the skin or interceptors placed into the vaginal or rectum. The computerized results provide signals to help you know how to relax those muscles. Patients can get neurofeedback treatment at their physician’s office or buy or rent their own equipment.
Kegels are a popular workout that involves tightening and releasing the pelvic floor muscles. This activity may help reduce incontinence and alleviate discomfort during intercourse. Your physical therapist can show you how to conduct Kegels so you can benefit from this workout.
4. Electrical stimulation
Small devices are introduced into the vaginal or rectum to stimulate the pelvic floor muscles, which helps to desensitize nerves and cause muscles to contract and relax. There is a wide range of electrical stimulation devices for home usage, including probe-based internal and external stimulation.
Pelvic floor dysfunction is a medical disorder affecting many women worldwide. Symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction include pain during intercourse, inability to control your bladder, and pelvic pain. Fortunately, it is possible to treat pelvic floor dysfunction and enjoy your life again.
If you have pelvic floor dysfunction, contact MyDoc Women’s Health Specialists to book your appointment for treatment.