Pelvic Floor Rehab in Ocala, Florida
Approximately 17 million women in the U.S. encounter urinary incontinence in their lifetime.
Urinary incontinence is a condition where there is loss of control in managing the flow of urine from your body. This condition usually occurs in women between the ages of 18 and 60 and beyond and is usually a result of the urethra not being closed tightly to keep urine in the bladder.
Symptoms vary from:
- An inability to prevent leaking urine when exercising or other involuntary actions such as coughing or sneezing
- An overwhelming urge to urinate that often causes them to urinate before getting to a bathroom.
Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation as a Treatment Option for Female Urinary Incontinence
Pelvic floor rehabilitation is a non-surgical treatment used to assess the muscle strength and flexibility of a patient who is suffering from pelvic floor dysfunction.
The pelvic floor is made up of muscles that control bladder and stool function, as well as tissues surrounding these pelvic organs that may fluctuate in sensitivity over time. As the muscles of the pelvic floor begin to weaken or tighten up, a variety of painful or undesirable symptoms including urinary or bowel incontinence, painful urination or discomfort during intercourse may arise. Pelvic floor therapy includes treatment to either strengthen or relax these pelvic muscles, gaining more control of the everyday functions as well as relief from the common painful symptoms.
Who is Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation for?
As a leading gynecologist in Ocala, Dr. Poorti Riley may recommend pelvic floor rehabilitation for anyone experiencing pelvic pain or incontinence of urine and stool.
Specific symptoms may include:
- Increased tension of pelvic muscles causing pain in the back, hips, and sacroiliac joint
- Pain during urination
- Pain during sexual intercourse or use of tampons
- Urinary or stool incontinence
- Pain during an annual gynecological exam
- Discomfort or bloating in abdominal area
These symptoms commonly develop in women who:
- Have endometriosis
- Recently gave childbirth
- Recently underwent surgery (hysterectomy, hernia, laparoscopy, cesarean section or appendectomy)
- May be suffering from an infection in the pelvic area
- Experienced trauma that may have disrupted normal functions of the pelvic area
How does Pelvic Floor Rehab work?
During pelvic floor rehabilitation, Dr. Riley will begin with a thorough evaluation of your symptoms and severity of the pain. By understanding the flexibility and strength of the muscles that make up your pelvic area and the sensitivity of the tissue surrounding the pelvic organs, your doctor will be able to recommend a specific plan for care.
Depending on the practice, treatment may include:
- Pelvic areas muscle assessment and treatment
- Postural exercises
- Heat and cold therapy
- Trigger point release
- Electrical stimulation
- Deep tissue massage
- External and internal soft tissue mobilization
What are the results?
By understanding and working with your pelvis, spine, and abdomen during our Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation process, you should see a relief in discomfort and a gain in control of pelvic function, including:
- Increased bladder and bowel control
- Improved sex life
- Decrease in pain relating to anything in the pelvic floor area
Pelvic floor dysfunction is a disease that is commonly unidentified and untreated so it is important to inform Dr. Riley if you are experiencing incontinence or any type of pain relating to your pelvic area.
Also commonly referred to as pelvic floor rehab, pelvic physical therapy, pelvic PT, urogynecologic physical therapy, or pelvic physiotherapy, the treatment can offer great relief to anyone who is experiencing any sort of pelvic pain. Contact Dr. Riley today to start the assessment and treatment for pelvic dysfunction.