Men and women who could potentially benefit from Pelvic Health PT include individuals with a wide spectrum of bowel, bladder and sexual problems. Those suffering from urinary or fecal incontinence, urgency or frequency; Overactive Bladder (OAB); back and pelvic pain; vaginal or penile sexual pain and dysfunction; difficulty urinating (Urinary Hesitancy) or emptying (Urinary Retention) the bladder completely; Gastrointestinal (GI) or visceral problems; Pelvic Organ Prolapse and even failed pelvic reconstruction surgery could benefit from pelvic floor PT.
In fact, chronic pelvic pain or discomfort can affect women and men of all ages, every socioeconomic class, and can occur from a wide variety of physical and psychological conditions. Some of these conditions may have origins in but are not limited to medical, mechanical, or traumatic psychological, physical or sexual events that damage the pelvic floor. Pelvic pain sufferers can become frustrated trying to figure out whether the pain is from gynecologic, gastrointestinal or myofascial (tight, tender or painful muscles and trigger points). Often a pelvic pain sufferer will have seen medical practitioners who may not have been trained in the assessment and treatment of chronic pelvic pain or myofascial trigger points. Physical therapists who have been specifically trained to treat pelvic floor muscle dysfunction or chronic pelvic pain are an integral part of an interdisciplinary team. Pelvic floor physical therapists can often successfully identify and provide effective treatments for pelvic pain sufferers that can include but are not limited to; skillful manual therapy and massage, biofeedback and self-care strategies such as internal release wands (Therawand.com) and dilators.