What is Pelvic Floor and who needs it?

What is Pelvic Floor PT and who needs it?

The pelvic floor is a group of bowl-like muscles that exist between the tailbone and the pubic bone and provide support for your organs, help to maintain continence and improve posture and strength. Pelvic floor physical therapy focuses on these muscles to reduce pain, improve continence and improve ease of other bodily functions. Pelvic floor physical therapy is recommended for anyone who experiences:

  • Urinary incontinence (day or night)
  • Encopresis (fecal incontinence)
  • Constipation
  • Pelvic pain
  • Tailbone pain
  • Recurrent UTIs and other dysfunctional voiding issues
  • Pain with voiding or bowel movements
  • Adductor/groin pain

 

Pelvic floor physical therapy is just like any other form of PT in which the physical therapist will focus the specific treatment on what your muscles need!

This could include stretching, strengthening, core stabilization and/or education. If you are experiencing tight, painful muscles in the pelvis or groin, one of the treatment options we may recommend is yoga! Here are some of our favorite stretches and yoga poses that you can get started on to stretch and relax these specific muscles:

How Does Pelvic Floor Training work with a child?

Bladder and bowel control: Pelvic floor muscles play a crucial role in controlling urinary and bowel functions. Training these muscles can help children improve bladder and bowel control, reducing instances of bedwetting or accidents during the day.

Pelvic floor training for kids typically involves exercises to strengthen and coordinate the pelvic floor muscles. It’s essential for children to learn these exercises correctly under the guidance of a healthcare professional to ensure they are done safely and effectively.

Article written by Kate Heierman, PT
Pediatric Pelvic Floor Specialist

 

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