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What Is Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy?

Pelvic floor physical therapy can help if you want to improve your pelvic floor strength. If you are having issues with bladder leakage, prolapse, or pelvic pain, then visit our Falls Church Physical therapy clinic in Virginia.

We all know that taking care of our health is incredibly important. From eating well and meditating to prioritizing exercise, we do everything we can to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, an aspect of women’s health often goes overlooked – our pelvic floor muscles. These muscles are vital in supporting our bladder, bowel, and reproductive organs. Yet, many women don’t give these muscles the attention they deserve until problems arise.

While this topic may not be as glamorous as other wellness trends, it is worth discussing and understanding its benefits for female health.

As women, we are often taught to keep quiet and brush off problems in this area as something “normal” or “just a part of being a woman.” But the truth is, pelvic floor issues can impact your daily life and general health. That’s why I like to consider pelvic floor physical therapy as a mission, to break the taboo and talk about pelvic floors, urinary incontinence, prolapse, and other so-called “embarrassing issues” as much as possible – until they’re not taboo.

Sometimes, we may deal with issues alone because we feel embarrassed or ashamed to talk about them. However, this can lead to further problems down the line. It’s better to act now rather than wait until the issue worsens. Together, we can work towards breaking taboos and promoting open discussions about pelvic health – because every woman deserves to feel confident and comfortable in their skin. So, let’s get started with a deep dive into the pelvic floor. What is it exactly? How can it help you? And why should every woman incorporate it into their self-care routine?

From understanding the complex role of the pelvic floor in our overall health to debunking misconceptions and stigma surrounding this treatment, we share just how transformative and life-changing pelvic floor physical therapy can be.

Let’s break the silence surrounding this vital aspect of our bodies and start giving our pelvic floors the attention and care they deserve and build strong foundations for a long and happy life (and sex life).

Demystifying The Pelvic Floor

The “pelvic floor” is a super important part of the body that often gets overlooked. We all know we have one, but we often don’t know exactly where it is or what it does.
The pelvic floor is a sling-like band of connective tissue, muscles, and ligaments that sits at the bottom of your pelvis – supporting the organs that rest above it, like the bladder, uterus, and rectum.

That’s why it’s sometimes called the “pelvic diaphragm.” And just like any other muscle in your body, the pelvic floor can become weak or injured over time. A strong and healthy pelvic floor is super important for the prevention of issues like pelvic organ prolapse or urinary incontinence.
A strong pelvic floor can also bring significant improvements to your sex life, increasing orgasm intensity and enhancing sexual pleasure for both partners.

pelvic floor physical therapyHave you ever Heard of Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy?

Pelvic health is a crucial component of female health. Ignoring it can lead to a range of issues. These issues can impact your daily life significantly, from limiting your ability to exercise to causing emotional distress. Incontinence and bladder leakage, pain during sex, and chronic pelvic pain can be frustrating. They can massively impact your quality of life and sex life and generally make your everyday life challenging. But pelvic floor physical therapy can help.

Pelvic floor therapy is an important topic that doesn’t get enough attention, and many misconceptions surround it. And no, it’s not just about Kegel exercises. Pelvic floor physical therapy helps with a range of issues. One other common misconception is that pelvic floor physical therapy is only necessary for women who have given birth. However, it can benefit women of all ages, regardless of whether they have had children.

This specialized physical therapy focuses on the pelvic region’s muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues. It can be incredibly helpful for issues with incontinence, pain during sex, constipation, and more. Not only that, but it can also help postpartum women recover from childbirth and reduce their chances of developing complications later in life – and it becomes especially important in menopause.

The best part? Pelvic floor physical therapy is non-invasive and can avoid surgery or other more invasive treatments. Instead, we teach you exercises and techniques to alleviate your symptoms and improve your comfort and well-being. So, if you suffer from urinary or bowel incontinence, pain in your pelvis, or discomfort during sex, it might be time to book an appointment.

At Nancy Branberg Physical Therapy, we specialize in treating pelvic floor dysfunction. During your first session, we evaluate and assess your condition – with questions about your medical history and lifestyle and perform a physical exam to assess your pelvic floor strength and flexibility. Based on this evaluation, we create a personalized treatment plan for you that might involve exercises, stretches, and relaxation techniques to help you strengthen and release your pelvic floor muscles.

We may also use biofeedback to give you real-time information about your muscle activity. This process allows you to understand how to properly engage and also relax your pelvic floor muscles to improve their function.

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Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Offers a Variety of Benefits

Beyond just improving pelvic floor function, It can lead to better posture, increased core strength, and improved balance. Our pelvic floor muscles are intimately connected with the muscles that control our core and lower body movements. So, you can also improve your physical fitness by strengthening your pelvic floor muscles. Having better core strength and balance can also prevent falls and other injuries.

Not to mention, surgeries, medications, and frequent doctor visits can add to expenses over time. By investing in your pelvic floor health and strengthening these muscles, you can prevent many health conditions and avoid costly medical treatments in the future.

We know that pelvic floor physical therapy can make a truly positive impact on women’s lives. For instance, one woman we helped could enjoy going on long runs again without any leakage or discomfort. Another shared how the therapy helped her regain confidence in her intimate relationships. That’s why we want to share it with the world. We regularly witness women regaining control over their bodies and lives.

In addition to improving their bladder control, reducing pelvic pain, and enhancing sexual enjoyment, they also discover the lesser-known advantages of improved posture, core strength, and balance that come with a healthy pelvic floor.

Although it might sound intimidating at first, for many women, the idea of discussing their pelvic floor muscles with a stranger can be daunting. But we work hard to create an environment that promotes trust, comfort, and openness. With our guidance, you can feel confident in taking control of your pelvic health and leading a more fulfilling life. It can be life-changing if you struggle with pelvic floor dysfunction, and then you find a way out of it.

With decades of experience in this area, we compassionately guide you through the entire process – from the initial consultation to advising you on home exercises – and make sure you’re comfortable every step of the way. So don’t wait any longer; act now by booking an appointment with us. Your mind and body will thank you for it. Remember that prioritizing your pelvic floor muscles and pelvic floor health is essential for overcoming those nagging “down there” problems and improving your physical and mental wellness. The first consultation is free.

Additional Tips For Maintaining A Healthy Pelvic Floor

Taking care of your pelvic floor health may not always be at the forefront of your mind, but it should be. The pelvic floor muscles are an essential aspect of many bodily functions, including controlling your bladder and bowel, your sexual function, and core stability. Neglecting this area can lead to many problems that negatively impact your well-being. These issues range from mild pain pelvic pain to potentially life-altering consequences. As such, it is crucial to prioritize pelvic floor health.

While Kegel exercises are a well-known method for strengthening the pelvic floor, other techniques can also be helpful. One is proper posture, which involves sitting up straight – with a natural curve in your spine, not slouching – to avoid putting unnecessary pressure on your pelvic area. Breathing techniques can also help in fully relaxing your pelvic floor muscles and reducing tension, which is just as important as strengthening.

Mindful deep breathing practices train your body and your mind to relax and manage stress better, which ultimately supports your pelvic floor health. So, next time you’re sitting at your desk or feeling stressed, try adjusting your posture and taking a few deep breaths to give your pelvic floor some extra love.

Nancy Branberg

Nancy Branberg

Nancy has long had a passion for helping people - especially those who felt they were powerless over their pain. After becoming a mom and having her own “child-birth” traumas to deal with, Nancy became interested in learning about the pelvis - not just the musculo-skeletal system, but the reproductive and digestive system as well. Every day she is amazed by the complexity and the inter-relatedness of all the systems. Nancy is Fall Church’s leading physical therapist who is able to help you overcome these problems without medication or surgery. Nancy Branberg Physical Therapy, LLC empowers women to take control of their pelvic issues so that their energy and attention can shift towards doing all of the things they love to do.
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