Pelvic floor dysfunction is more common than ever before. It is becoming increasingly prevalent due to our sedentary lifestyle and the misinformation about what health is. Pelvic floor therapy targets the pelvic floor, but it’s crucial to also focus on the pelvis as it serves as its foundation. Why do we only focus on the appearance of the floor without investigating its underlying issues?
This blog will explore what should be considered in the holistic treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction therapy and what is a reasonable time to start seeing changes.
Are You Sure You Have Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?
As discussed in my blog, ” How to tell if you have pelvic floor dysfunction’, there is a wide range of symptoms some of which are often missed as being a separate problem. These symptoms can include Chronic lower back pain, Chronic sacroiliac joint pain, Hip pain or Mobility issues, Lower extremity issues, and poor posture. You can have pelvic instability and therefore issues with pelvic floor dysfunction.
If pelvic floor dysfunction were the name of a book, it would have many chapters. Without proper attention, not everyone has all of those chapters. With time and under the right circumstances, It should be easy for the remaining chapters to present themselves! To better understand what you are working with, I strongly recommend you read the blog I just recommended.
What Is The Treatment For Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?
Treating pelvic floor dysfunction involves focusing on the internal muscles to address weakness or tightness in the area. In cases where prolapse or nerve damage is severe, surgery may be necessary. Typically, pelvic floor therapy involves internal manual work.
While I find value in such treatment, in my opinion, and from my experience, once we address pelvis stability, most if not all symptoms disappear. I discuss in my blog the holistic treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction which I strongly suggest you review. ” What are the treatment options for pelvic floor dysfunction‘.
How Long Does It Take For Pelvic Floor Therapy To Work?
Several factors can affect the duration of treatment. In my practice, we focus on pelvic stability first. It’s important to understand that your body and brain are naturally programmed to be healthy and in harmony with each other. The Postural Neurology component of our exam looks at the ‘blueprint’ of your movement. The Functional Mobility component looks at how well (or not so well) your body parts do in movement. Through Cortical Connection assessment, we understand how well the brain remembers the correct way of movement and it is then that we can guesstimate how well the treatment sessions will be.
The examination is the data collection session with a focus on pelvic stability at the beginning. Patients tend to notice changes within 2-4 weeks, but progress can be affected by co-morbidities. Treatment typically lasts 6-8 months, but the benefits are lifelong.
If you have pelvic floor dysfunction, you are not happy with the treatment you receive, or want to start treatment, contact us.