The pelvic floor, a complex network of muscles, ligaments, and tissues, plays a vital role in maintaining the health and function of the lower abdominal area. However, problems with this crucial structure, such as pelvic pain, painful sex (dyspareunia), incontinence, constipation, and organ prolapse, can significantly impact an individual's quality of life.
Pelvic pain can manifest in various forms, ranging from sharp, stabbing discomfort to a chronic, dull ache. It can be associated with specific activities, such as urination or sexual intercourse, or it may be present all the time. The etiology of pelvic pain is diverse, often linked to conditions like endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, or muscular tension in the pelvic floor.
Dyspareunia, or painful sex, is a distressing issue often rooted in pelvic floor dysfunction. This discomfort can occur before, during, or after sexual intercourse and may be located in the vagina, lower back, or pelvic region. Causes can range from physical factors, such as vaginal dryness or pelvic floor hypertonicity, to psychological concerns, such as anxiety or past trauma.
Incontinence, the inability to control bladder or bowel movements, is a common problem that many individuals, particularly women, face. Stress incontinence, for instance, occurs when physical movement or activity — such as coughing, sneezing, running, or heavy lifting — puts pressure on your bladder, leading to involuntary leakage. This issue is often related to weakness in the pelvic floor muscles.
Constipation, characterized by infrequent bowel movements or difficulty passing stools, can also be related to pelvic floor dysfunction. An overactive or tense pelvic floor can make it challenging to relax during bowel movements, leading to constipation. Conversely, chronic straining due to constipation can weaken the pelvic floor muscles over time.
Organ prolapse, such as bladder, rectum, or uterus prolapse, occurs when the muscles and tissues supporting these organs weaken, allowing them to slip down from their usual position. Symptoms can include a feeling of heaviness or pulling in the pelvis, discomfort during sexual intercourse, and issues with bladder or bowel control.
At Holistic Physical Therapy and Pilates, we approach pelvic floor issues from a comprehensive and empathetic standpoint. Our team of skilled therapists performs thorough assessments to identify the root cause of your symptoms. We then develop a personalized treatment plan, incorporating physical therapy techniques, Pilates-based exercises, and lifestyle modifications.
Physical therapy can help alleviate pelvic pain and dyspareunia, teach strategies to manage incontinence and provide techniques to improve bowel regularity. Pilates, in particular, is an excellent modality for strengthening the pelvic floor muscles, which can help manage symptoms of organ prolapse.
Pelvic floor issues, while common, are not a norm that one should endure. With a holistic, individualized approach to management, it's possible to mitigate discomfort, improve pelvic floor function, and enhance overall quality of life. Professional advice is invaluable in navigating these challenges, ensuring you receive appropriate, tailored care.
When you come to Holistic PT and Pilates in Newton, MA, you will immediately feel welcome in our comfortable and intimate boutique space. To honor and respect your privacy our 1:1 evaluation and and treatments will be done in a private room by your practitioner.Learn More
Simply treating your pain is not the solution! We want you to feel your best physically moving forward so we focus on the root cause of the problem. We educate our clients in all areas necessary to know their own bodies - anatomy, physiology, psychology - so they continue their progress at home.
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Life is also busy so you sometimes push through pain and discomfort to get things done. Whether you’re the CEO of a company or your household, if you ignore pain, you will be limited in how you function and get through your days. And you could end up with a very serious injury if you don’t take care of your body when it asks you to.
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