Happy physical therapy month! Maybe you’ve had an amazing physical therapist help rehab your shoulder injury, or maybe a PT has helped your child out in the past.
The field of physical therapy has so many different specialties. Some, you may be very familiar with; others, may make you say “I had no idea physical therapy can help me with that!”
Here’s where we come in. At Hudson Valley Physical Therapy, we are pelvic health specialists.
Want to know if you need pelvic floor PT? Keep on reading
What is the pelvic floor
Well, if you’re sitting down right now, you’re sitting on your pelvic floor muscles. The pelvic floor muscles are your muscles “down there”
This super important group of muscles has very important functions like:
Sphincter function: ie when you cough or sneeze or laugh, these muscles stop you for leaking
Sexual function: these are the muscles that rhythmically contract and relax with orgasm
Stability: they form part of your core to keep you upright and moving throughout the day
Support: the organs that live inside your pelvis, get a lift from this muscles group
Sump pump: your breathing muscles work together with your pelvic floor to keep things moving inside the whole abdominal cavity
Now how do you know if you may need the help of a pelvic PT?
You’ve tried drinking more water increasing your fiber, but you’re still straining and straining. Your pelvic floor muscles need to bulge and relax to allow passage of stool. If you’re struggling with constipation, a pelvic floor specialist can help you.
While leaking pee when you laugh is common, it should never happen if your pelvic floor is doing it’s job properly. Leaking pee or poo? A pelvic floor physical therapist can help you.
Do you feel like you’re always running to the bathroom? Normal frequency of urination is every ~3 hours throughout the day. A pelvic PT can help you be the boss of your bladder.
Sex should never be painful. If you’re having pain during or after sexual activity, or in the gentials, your pelvic floor muscles may be to blame.
Low back pain, hip pain etc.
Maybe you’ve tried orthopedic PT or injections and your musculoskeletal pain just won’t budge. A pelvic PT can help you rule in or out contribution from your pelvic floor.
Pregnant and want to have a positive birth experience? Our pelvic health specialists have training to help you with positing and techniques for labor. We can also make sure your pelvic floor is in great shape before delivery.
In fact, we currently have a very special prenatal package available here https://hudsonvalleypt.com/services/#perinatal-postpartum-packages. You’ll receive a prenatal assessment, a birth prep session with your birthing support partner, a postpartum virtual check in, and a full one hour postpartum session.
Pelvic floor physical therapy can help you with so much more. Bowel, bladder, and sexual function are all quality of life issues. Pelvic floor dysfunction affects all genders. If you or someone you know is suffering, we can help.