Most people think pelvic floor therapy is for those with incontinence, prolapse, pain in their testicles, penile pain, or painful intercourse. Unfortunately, this false thinking is not just among the general public but many specialists such as gynecologists, urologists, and urogynecologists share this mindset. This just goes to show you that all other signs and symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction are looked at as if they are unrelated and a stand-alone diagnosis. Let’s find out what pelvic floor dysfunction is.
What is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?
I have written a blog on this subject which I strongly recommend you review as this blog is about who the treatment of pelvic floor therapy is for. If pelvic floor dysfunction was the name of a book, it would have many chapters such as:
- Painful intercourse
- Tailbone pain
- Testicular pain
- Erectile dysfunction
- Chronic lower back pain
- Sacroiliac pain
- Hip pain
- Poor posture and more
5 Common Signs of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
If you pay close attention to the 5 common and often missed signs of pelvic floor dysfunction, it is reasonable to conclude who pelvic floor therapy is for. What is important to know is that pelvic floor therapy should be called pelvic floor dysfunction therapy because it is not just about the vagina, penis, and perineum, nor what is reachable through internal manual treatment but it is about the pelvis which is the house that the pelvic floor is the ‘floor’ of. You can’t stabilize a floor when the house is unstable!
Who is Pelvic Floor Therapy For?
Anyone who has a poor posture, chronic pain in the lower back, hips, and sacroiliac joints, improper gait, dysfunctional movement, repetitive lower back, and lower body injuries, in addition to what you already know and automatically relate to the pelvic floor. If we leave appropriate and timely treatments for when the condition is full-blown and ‘loud’ then we end up increasing the treatment length and decreasing the chances of full recovery. This is because we not only have to treat the condition but also go to a deeper level to address the neural track of communication between the brain and the body parts involved. This is what postural neurology and functional movement assessments reveal and are what every pelvic floor dysfunction evaluation should include.
If you suspect you have pelvic floor dysfunction or you want to confirm that you have pelvic floor dysfunction and need help with the treatment or diagnosis of it, contact me.