I answer very proudly whenever I meet someone new and they ask me what I do for a living: “I’m a pelvic floor physical therapist!”
And I’m often met with a follow up question: “What is that? What do you do?”
By the end of this article, I’ll have that questions answered for you!
Many patients suffering from pelvic floor conditions don’t know who to turn to, and don’t know that physical therapy can help. A lot of my patients are taking medications, have had failed surgeries, or feel stuck without any answers.
Physical therapy can help a variety of diagnoses, such as
● urinary incontinence
● pelvic organ prolapse
● pelvic pain
● diastasis recti
● and physical therapists can help prepare the body for pregnancy, delivery, and help following having a new baby!
There is a set of muscles in your pelvis, called your “pelvic floor” or your “pelvic diaphragm” and they play an important role in keeping us dry, holding up our organs, and holding up a growing baby.
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If these muscles are too tight or too weak, they cause problems. A physical therapist can stretch or strengthen these muscles to help them work the way they are supposed to.
And no, it’s not just kegels. Physical therapists create a tailored treatment plan depending on your symptoms, condition, and your goals.
The issue with turning to medications or surgery to help with these conditions is that they don’t look to the cause of why these problems started in the first place.
Medications that help your bladder from peeing as often doesn’t help strengthen the pelvic floor- which is the reason why your bladder is trying to empty so often to begin with!
Surgeries to help pelvic organ prolapse are typically not permanent, and symptoms can return in as little as five years. Some patients do require surgery, and for those, physical therapy treatment before and after will improve the outcomes.
It’s my greatest joy to help women and men find relief from conditions that they have been suffering from for often years, in search of the right treatment.
If you think you would benefit from pelvic floor physical therapy, I would love to make you one of my success stories. Click the link below to get in touch with our office to book your FREE discovery session!
About Author: Dr. Scott Gray
Dr. Scott Gray is an internationally recognized and expert physical therapist specializing in sport, athletic, and back and neck injuries. He is the inventor of a revolutionary form of treatment called the GRAY METHOD. This type of treatment unlike others, addresses the CAUSE rather than just your SYMPTOMS with a full body approach. For more information on how to ease or overcome your injury, go to www.backinmotionsspt.com.