Pelvic floor therapy is an effective way of treating problems like incontinence and pelvic pain. If you're experiencing these distressing issues, the skilled team at Comprehensive Women's OB/GYN can help. They have highly trained pelvic floor therapists available at their offices in Duluth and Dunwoody, Georgia, who specialize in treating pelvic floor dysfunction and relieving your symptoms. To find out how pelvic floor therapy can help you, call Comprehensive Women's OB/GYN today, and schedule a consultation or book an appointment using the online form.
Pelvic floor therapy is a treatment the team at Comprehensive Women's OB/GYN uses to increase the strength of the muscles in your pelvis.
Your pelvic floor is the supporting network of muscles and connective tissues that sits under your internal organs, holding them in place. Issues such as lack of use, traumatic injury, and pelvic surgery can all affect your pelvic floor.
One of the most common causes of pelvic floor disorders is pregnancy and childbirth. The weight of your baby pushes down on your pelvic floor, stretching it significantly. During labor, all your tissues stretch – and sometimes tear – in the effort of delivering the baby.
If your pelvic floor weakens, the organs can move downward. Excess tension in your pelvic floor muscles can also cause pelvic pain. Pelvic floor therapy is a safe, highly effective way to resolve the symptoms these issues can cause.
The main symptoms pelvic floor therapy can treat are:
Pelvic floor therapy is also quite effective if you have problems like vaginal pain during sexual intercourse or tampon insertion or if you find internal OB/GYN exams painful. Pelvic floor disorder pain can affect your abdomen, buttocks, and rectum as well.
The first stage of your pelvic floor therapy is an evaluation with one of the expert pelvic floor therapists at Comprehensive Women's OB/GYN. They assess your condition and develop a suitable treatment program, individualized to your specific needs.
The assessment process evaluates the strength and flexibility of your pelvic floor, the other structures in your pelvic area, and your external pelvic muscles. You might also need to undergo an electromyogram (EMG) to assess the nerve function in your pelvic area.
Your pelvic floor therapy treatment plan could include:
Kegel exercises are one of the key methods of maintaining a strong pelvic floor and rebuilding strength when you have a pelvic floor disorder. These are simple, specialized exercises that target the pelvic floor muscles.
Your pelvic floor therapist at Comprehensive Women's OB/GYN can show you how to perform Kegel exercises by contracting and releasing the pelvic floor muscles at will. Your therapist also provides you with a home exercise program designed to complement your therapy sessions.
To find out more about the benefits of pelvic floor therapy and how it could help you, call Comprehensive Women's OB/GYN today, or book an appointment online.