Could You Benefit from Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy?

The pelvic floor in women contains a group of muscles that support the reproductive and urinary tracts. Your pelvic floor muscles help to hold your vagina and rectum in place towards the back and your bladder towards the front. Additional connective tissue, muscles, and tendons keep your uterus in place at the top of the pelvic floor.

The pelvic floor muscles also attach to your pubic and tail bones. These muscles can weaken over time for a variety of reasons. While muscle weakness can be frustrating to deal with, the good news is that pelvic floor physical therapy in Wichita KS can help to strengthen them.

Symptoms and Risk Factors of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

You may experience one or more of the symptoms listed below when your pelvic floor muscles can only tighten instead of relaxing.

  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Constipation
  • Frequent urination
  • Leakage of urine and/or feces
  • Organ prolapse
  • Painful intercourse

The risk factors associated with developing pelvic floor dysfunction include:

  • Aging
  • Excess weight
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Previous injuries to the pelvic floor
  • Overuse of the pelvic muscles

Physical therapy is the most common treatment recommended for women who want to strengthen their pelvic floor.

What to Expect from Physical Therapy

When you visit Physical Therapy by Phoenix at one of our four locations in Wichita KS or our fifth location in Hutchinson KS, one of our experienced physical therapists will conduct a comprehensive evaluation. You should expect to answer questions about your pelvic and overall health and goals for treatment. With your permission, our physical therapist will also complete a physical examination.

The information from your first session allows your physical therapist to create customized exercises targeted at strengthening your pelvic floor. Please schedule an initial consultation to learn more about pelvic floor physical therapy in Wichita, KS.

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