Pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) refers to a wide range of problems that occur when the muscles of the pelvic floor are weak, tight, or there is an impairment of the neuromuscular system, low back, tailbone and/or hip joint.
The pelvic floor is made up of muscles and other tissues that form a sling from the pubic bone to the tailbone. They assist in supporting the abdominal and pelvic organs, and help to control bladder, bowel and sexual activity. Physical therapy can help by treating these muscles like any other muscle in the body with strengthening, stretching and neuromuscular re-education.
Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology Physical Therapy for Pelvic Floor Conditions
- Urinary Incontinence
- Bowel Incontinence
- Overactive Bladder
- Pelvic Floor Pain
- Organ Prolapse
- Chronic Constipation
Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology Physical Therapy Pelvic Floor Treatment
Physical therapy for pelvic floor conditions is unique for each patient, depending on their symptoms, cause(s) of dysfunction and other contributing medical or personal factors. Our goal with physical therapy is to provide a comprehensive, compassionate therapeutic program with guided progression aimed at improved pelvic floor function and minimized or relieved symptoms, thereby improving our patients’ ability to return to previous activities and/or restore quality of life.
- External and/or internal biofeedback
- External and/or internal electrical stimulation
- Various pelvic floor manual therapy techniques
- Ice/heat and ultrasound for pain management
- Bladder training program
- Muscle strengthening and/or relaxation home exercise program
- Education on dietary intake recommendations and general pelvic floor wellness to improve self-management