By women’s health specialist, Kerry Breen, PT, MPT, ATRIC
You may be wondering what pelvic floor muscle dysfunction is, and how physical therapy can help when your pelvic floor muscles are not working optimally. First, it is helpful to know where the pelvic floor muscles are located and their roles and functions. This helps you to understand how your pelvic floor muscles may be contributing to some of the problems associated with pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, such as urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, and/or pelvic organ prolapse.
For a simplistic explanation, the pelvic floor muscles consist of 3 layers of muscles that cover the bottom of your pelvis and have 3 distinct roles. These roles consist of the three S’s: Supportive, Sphincteric, and Sexual. Let’s review these roles in more detail:
Problems with the pelvic floor muscles are very common, and many of us, our friends, or family members may be experiencing symptoms related to pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. In fact, one in four women are experiencing at least 1 pelvic floor muscle dysfunction.
As a PT who specializes in women’s pelvic floor evaluation and treatment, I provide education and valuable tools that have a significant impact on the symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction.
Please open the attached Cozean Pelvic Dysfunction Screening Protocol and use this as a tool to help determine if you may benefit from physical therapy. If you have any questions about physical therapy for women’s pelvic health, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at Alliance Physical Therapy.