Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy for Pelvic Floor Weakness – Information, Exercises, and More
You’ve been diagnosed with pelvic floor weakness and you’re wondering what can be done about it.
Weakness in your pelvic floor can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, but there are ways to overcome it.
In the following guide we’ll review pelvic floor weakness, including the best treatment options, so you can strengthen your pelvic floor and move on with your life.
What is Pelvic Floor Weakness?
The pelvic floor includes all the muscles and soft tissues that are between your pubic bone and your tailbone.
Pelvic floor weakness occurs when the muscles, ligaments and soft tissue in your pelvis get stretched, injured or worn out.
What Causes Pelvic Floor Weakness?
There are dozens of conditions that can cause pelvic floor weakness.
Here are a few of the most common:
Carrying a child and birthing a child can be very hard on your pelvic floor muscles. Many women experience soft tissue injuries after childbirth.
Pelvic floor issues are most common in women who have multiple pregnancies or carry twins. The extra weight on the pelvic floor can cause stretching and injuries before and during childbirth.
Many women recover fully as strength returns their pelvic muscles during natural postpartum recovery, but some will need physical therapy to resolve any lingering problems.
Some pelvic floor issues related to childbirth that tend to linger are:
- Painful intercourse
- Pain while exercising
When people reach a more advanced age, their muscles and ligaments sometimes become less flexible. This can contribute to pelvic floor weakness in the elderly.
If an older person is inactive and sits down most of the day, this can make their pelvic floor weakness worse.
Bodybuilders sometimes experience pelvic floor weakness due to prior injuries from improper lifting.
For example, weightlifters are susceptible to developing hernias from lifting too much weight or incorrect form.
Obesity can cause extra strain on muscles and ligaments which can lead to pelvic floor weakness.
Weak Pelvic Floor Symptoms
To find out if you do in fact have a weak pelvic floor, talk to your doctor or therapist about your symptoms.
It’s important to be properly diagnosed to rule out any other issues before attempting any at-home remedies.
You may have a weak pelvic floor if you experience:
Incontinence is one of the most common symptoms of pelvic floor weakness. Incontinence is when you lose control of your bladder when you sneeze, cough, or laugh. Or if you just can’t seem to make it to the toilet on time.
Lower Back Pain
If you have pelvic floor weakness, you may also experience pain in your lower back.
This can be caused by a number of things.
Most likely, the muscles in your back are compensating for the weakness in your pelvic floor. So your back muscles may be spasming or straining due to being overworked.
Pain In The Pelvic Region
If you have pain in the pelvic region, it could be due to an existing injury.
If you have had surgery, or given birth to a child, be sure to check with a doctor or therapist before attempting any exercises or treatments at home.
If you do have pelvic floor weakness, the worst thing would be to accidentally injure your pelvic floor muscles by doing the wrong exercises or treatments.
Weak Pelvic Floor Treatment
Treatment for pelvic floor weakness depends on the severity of your muscle dysfunction and whether or not you have an existing injury.
The most common treatment for pelvic floor weakness is exercise.
To determine the best exercises to do without injuring yourself further, consult a Doctor of Physical Therapy for advice.
Weak Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy – Will PT Help?
Physical therapy is one of the best things you can do to strengthen your pelvic floor.
When you consult a Doctor of Physical Therapy, you have a much lower risk of further injuring yourself.
You don’t want to waste time doing routines that aren’t going to help strengthen your pelvic floor, or risk injuring yourself. Your therapist can let you know how to do pelvic floor physical therapy exercises and stretches properly so that you see the greatest benefit.
Best Pelvic Floor Exercises
There are many types of exercises and stretches your therapist may recommend for pelvic floor weakness.
Many exercises may seem familiar at first glance, but a professional therapist will deeply analyze how you’re doing the movements and show you how to properly perform them for best results.
Many pelvic floor exercises occur while you’re sitting on the ground. Your therapist will have you move your pelvis in order to strengthen your pelvic muscles and the surrounding supporting muscles as well.
Your therapist might ask you to do pelvic floor physical therapy at home by completing several reps of the exercises he or she assigns.
How In Motion O.C. Can Help With Pelvic Floor Weakness
In Motion O.C. therapists have a lot of experience helping people with pelvic floor weakness.
You may be wondering with pelvic floor physical therapy – what to expect?
At In Motion O.C. we can guarantee that your physical therapy experience with us will be a good one. Your individual therapist and routine may differ from other patients, but the outcome is always the same. With our team, you will take a step towards healing.
You don’t need to feel insecure or worried about your pelvic floor weakness anymore. Come in to see one of our kind, professional physical therapists. They will help you get your pelvic floor healed and strengthened in no time.
*This information about physical therapy for pelvic floor was reviewed by Dr Natalie Thomas, PT, DPT. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us here.