EMH Physical Therapy has been successfully treating thousands of patients with pelvic floor dysfunctions for over 18 years - we'd love to help you!
What is the Pelvic Floor?
The Pelvic Floor is part of the core stabilizers which includes:
- The Transverse Abdominals - deepest and lowest abdominal muscles
- The Multifidi-the deepest spine muscles
- The Iliopsoas- deep fibers of the anterior hip muscles.
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction is pain and disruption of bladder, bowel &/or
sexual function due to restrictions of the muscles, connective tissue and
nerves of the pelvis. It affects men, women, and children.
Pelvic Floor Symptoms
The three most common Pelvic Floor Symptoms are:
1) Urinary (leaking, urgency, frequency, hesitancy, bladder and urethral pain)
2) Bowel (constipation, incontinence, straining, rectalpain)
3) Sexual (Women: painful intercourse, vaginismus, vestibular pain. Men: erectile dysfunction, testicular and penile pain/numbness)
People who experience ongoing core weakness, persistent
back, hip and groin pain may have an underlying pelvic floor condition.
Studies show that a significant number of people with one or combination of pelvic floor symptoms may feel too embarrassed to discuss their sexual, urinary and bowel issues with their health care practitioners, thinking that they have to "live with it", or their symptoms are a "normal part of aging". These beliefs couldn't be further from the truth! Many health care practitioners don't ask detailed questions to learn if you have a pelvic floor issue.
Many patients with pelvic floor dysfunction have consulted a number of physicians in a variety of specialties, without getting relief or a clear understanding of their condition. This may be due to the lack of medical schools teaching the future doctors how dysfunctional pelvic muscles, nerves, fascia and joints can cause pain and disruption of the pelvic floor. In the past 10 years, physical therapists specializing in pelvic floor dysfunction and chronic pain, have discovered that tight, weak, spasmed, uncoordinated muscles of the pelvic floor, lower abdominals, lumbar spine and hips were the primary cause for a wide range of pelvic floor symptoms. The brain and nervous system are major contributors for ongoing symptoms and pain.
By implementing some of our self-help techniques, you can retrain the brain. Our experiences at EMH Physical Therapy, with the thousands of patients we have healed, demonstrates that pelvic physical therapy can provide understanding, education, effective treatment and relief of pelvic floor symptoms.
(212)288-2242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a PT appointment or ask a question to our director, EVELYN HECHT, PT, ATC