The pelvic floor, which consists of muscles, ligaments, and tissues, is an integral part of the human body. A healthy pelvic floor is utterly essential for the proper functioning of pelvic organs such as the uterus, vagina, bladder, urethra, and rectum.

When compared to men, pelvic pain is more common in women. So, if women fail to maintain a strong pelvic floor, it increases the risk of pelvic floor disorders among them. Women with vaginal deliveries are more vulnerable to pelvic floor disorders when compared to those with cesarean deliveries because the process of vaginal delivery damages nerves and weakens the muscles in the pelvic area.

Common Pelvic Floor Disorder Among Women Include:

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Prolapse
  • Dyssynergia 
  • Rectocele 
  • Enterocele 
  • Prolapse of the uterus
  • Prolapse of the vagina 

Several factors contribute to the development of pelvic floor disorders in women such as vaginal delivery, obesity, hysterectomy, pelvic injuries, and aging. 

It's essential for women to maintain strong pelvic floor muscles, ligaments, and tissues to avoid the risk of pelvic floor disorders. Pelvic floor muscles have different layers such as the superficial perineal layer, deep urogenital diaphragm layer, and pelvic diaphragm. These muscles should be strong enough to support the pelvic organs. 

Men also experience pelvic pain due to conditions such as bacterial prostatitis, chronic pelvic pain syndrome, benign prostatic hyperplasia, and urethral stricture, etc. 

Some of the common symptoms of pelvic pain in men include pain while urinating, discomfort in the penis, discomfort in testicles, and pain in abdomen and lower back. 

So, whether you are a man or a woman if you want to improve your pelvic health, you must seek pelvic floor physical therapy from an experienced physical therapist. 

Here are the benefits of pelvic floor physical therapy. 

It Reduces The Risk of Pelvic Floor Disorders

If you talk specifically about women, they must seek pelvic floor physical therapy to reduce the risk of pelvic floor disorders. If you are a pregnant woman, you should consult a licensed pelvic floor physical therapist both during the pregnancy period and after the delivery.  Your therapist will teach you effective pelvic floor exercises to strengthen your muscles, ligaments, and tissues, which will eventually minimize the risk of pelvic floor disorders. 

It Minimises Pelvic Pain 

If you are someone who is experiencing pelvic pain for a couple of days now, you must see a pelvic floor physical therapist immediately to relieve it. The best part of consulting a therapist is that they work towards offering a permanent solution to you. So, when you meet your therapist during the therapy session, the first thing that they will do is to identify the primary cause of your pain.

And to arrive at a reliable diagnosis, they will check your medical history to get detailed information about your past injuries and illnesses. Besides, they will also conduct a physical exam to analyze your pelvic fitness. Once they come to know about the actual cause of your pelvic pain, they will use the most reliable pelvic therapy technique to address it.

According to Kinetix Physical Therapy, "With informed consent, your pelvic floor physical therapist will perform a complete physical assessment of the joints and tissues affecting the area. It may include internal and external examinations to identify the damaged tissues that may be contributing to your urinary, bowel or pelvic pain symptoms."

It Relieves Constipation 

Constipation is a common problem, but that doesn't mean you should ignore it. To live a healthy life; it's essential that you seek professional help to relieve constipation. 

According to a survey, “6% of adult Americans suffer from chronic constipation, which is around 52 million people. And if you talk specifically about people above 60, nearly 33.5% of them struggle with this problem. The same survey suggests that according to some studies, ...the prevalence of constipation is higher in the nonwhite population than in the white population."

Most people rely on home remedies to relieve constipation; however, if you are someone who experiences this problem frequently, then seeking pelvic floor therapy can prove to be helpful for you.

It Treats Incontinence

If you are experiencing symptoms like leakage of urine, gas or feces, and you are unable to control it even after trying hard, then you must consult a pelvic floor therapist. 

It Prevents Painful Intercourse

Experiencing pain during the intercourse is quite common. It may be a sign of an underlying problem such as ovarian cysts, skin disorders, hormonal changes, vulvar vestibulitis syndrome (VVS), and vaginismus, etc. And it may also result from issues like lack of arousal. 

According to ACOG, "Nearly 3 out of 4 women have pain during intercourse at some time during their lives. For some women, the pain is only a temporary problem; for others, it is a long-term problem."

But no matter why you experience it, pelvic floor physical therapy can help you get rid of this problem forever by addressing its underlying cause. 

Your pelvic floor therapist will evaluate your condition in detail to discover the cause of painful intercourse, and they will then use the right treatment techniques to address it.

Published by Rozy Andrew