Women’s Pelvic Health

If you are a woman suffering from occasional or chronic pelvic pain, physical therapy can help. Pelvic pain can occur for a vast number of reasons, and a certain pelvic therapy known as “pelvic floor rehabilitation” can help reduce or eliminate the pain and symptoms you are experiencing. If your pain is limiting you from living your daily life, contact New You Health and Wellness today to schedule an appointment with one of our qualified Wauwatosa, WI physical therapists!

Why am I experiencing pelvic pain?

The pelvic area is a complex and important part of the body that serves several functions for men and women. Pelvic pain can occur at different points during a female’s menstrual cycle, during pregnancy, after giving birth, after surgery, or as a result of an underlying condition, such as endometriosis or bowel issues. Some pelvic conditions may also result in painful intercourse or infertility issues, which can be addressed through pelvic floor rehabilitation and functional medicine. Some of the most common pelvic conditions that our physical therapists treat include:

Postpartum pelvic pain

After giving birth, it is common for new mothers to experience strained muscles and/or connective tissue damage in their pelvic floor. Pelvic floor rehabilitation helps in reducing pain, in addition to strengthening any damaged muscles or tissues.

Endometriosis

Endometriosis can affect the bones, muscles, ligaments, and nerves in the pelvic region. Pelvic floor rehabilitation and functional medicine can help reduce the pain that you may be experiencing with endometriosis and if you are trying to get pregnant, it can help this too.

Constipation

Pelvic floor rehabilitation can loosen and relax the muscles in your pelvic area, which can help relieve and eliminate constipation. Functional medicine intervention with the right supplementation can also address constipation. In addition an assessment of your eating plan can help you eliminate issues with constipation and bloating. Get relief without drugs!

Painful intercourse

This is another topic that unfortunately women don’t talk enough about. When they bring it up to practitioners there aren’t many solutions except hormone creams for dryness but many times dryness is not the only issue or not the issue at all.

Pelvic floor rehab in combination with functional medicine is a successful approach to finding the underlying issue, addressing it, and many times eliminating the pain so intimacy can be enjoyed again. This specific form of physical therapy works on strengthening or relaxing the muscles of the pelvic floor and making biomechanical changes to support the ligaments of the pelvis as well. When muscles in the pelvic area become tight or weak, your daily life can be greatly affected, as this region helps in supporting the core of your body and is an integral part of everyday movement. Therefore, tight or weak pelvic floor muscles could lead to pain with intercourse. Softwave therapy at New You Health and Wellness can help.

Pain following abdominal surgery

If you are recovering from a recent surgical procedure, pelvic floor rehabilitation can help in breaking up scar tissue, improving strength, and regaining range of motion in your abdomen/pelvic region.

Urinary incontinence

A physical therapist can help address the root cause of your problem with urinary incontinence, rather than simply treating the symptoms. Pelvic floor rehabilitation and functional medicine will focus on strengthening the muscles under your bladder in order to treat and eliminate incontinence issues as well as assess your situation to see if there are any other issues contributing such as less than optimal hormone balance or nutrient deficiencies.

Menstrual pain

Often women are told there is nothing they can do about the menstrual pain they experience except to take pain medications or anti-inflammatories and this couldn’t be further from the truth. Others are told they just have to put up with it and other women have it worse. That is simply not true. Just because it’s common doesn’t mean menstrual pain is normal. With physical therapy and functional medicine the underlying cause can often be addressed and pain is significantly decreased or eliminated.

What can I expect with pelvic floor rehabilitation?

This specific form of physical therapy works on strengthening the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the pelvic floor. When muscles in the pelvic area become tight or weak, your daily life can be greatly affected, as this region helps in supporting the core of your body and is an integral part of everyday movement.

One of our dedicated Wauwatosa, WI physical therapists and functional medicine specialists will evaluate your medical history and provide a musculoskeletal examination and functional medicine assessment to determine what specific type of treatment you’ll need. This may include proactive and/or preventative treatments. For example, pelvic floor rehabilitation can help prepare a woman for childbirth by ensuring an easier delivery and possibly preventing the need for a C-section.

Some common techniques used during pelvic floor rehabilitation include:

Personalized exercises. And we aren’t talking just about kegels!

These exercises are aimed at improving posture and strengthening or relaxing the pelvic floor muscles. Supporting your core as well can improve pelvic floor health.

Myofascial techniques

These techniques will target the pelvic floor muscles and connecting fascia. This treatment may include light exercise, in addition to stretches and massage, in order to target painful trigger points and provide relief.

Relaxation techniques

Relaxation is a large part of physical therapy. It allows your muscles to ease tension, making it easier for them to be stretched and massaged. Your physical therapist may suggest some certain techniques, such as guided imagery or biofeedback, in order to help you relax.

Softwave therapy

Our advanced Softwave therapy performs better than other modalities at improving pelvic health fast.

If you are suffering from pelvic health issues, don’t wait any longer to contact our Wauwatosa, WI physical therapy office. Schedule an appointment with New You Health and Wellness today to get started on your path toward recovery and relief!

Your Next Steps…

  1. Request An Appointment

  2. Receive A Custom Treatment Plan

  3. Work Hard and Progress In Your Recovery

  4. Recover & Enjoy Life Pain-Free!

START LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE NOW, REQUEST YOUR APPOINTMENT TODAY!