Lee's Summit Medical Center offers a specialized therapy program to assist in, or treat pelvic floor dysfunction.
Your pelvic floor is made up of layers of muscle and other tissues that form a sling from the tailbone to the pubic bone. These muscles support your bladder, uterus and bowels. When these muscles are weakened by factors such as childbirth, gaining weight, aging, surgery and scar tissue formation, pelvic floor dysfunction can occur, causing one or more of the following symptoms:
- Pelvic pain
- Accidental leaking of urine when sneezing, coughing, laughing or exercising.
- The need to urinate frequently
- Organ prolapse: a feeling of "falling out"
- Bowel incontinence
- Sexual dysfunction including pain
- Pre and postpartum-related issues, including sciatica, back pain and diastasis recti
- Pain or burning in the abdomen, tailbone, or perineal area
Pelvic floor rehabilitation focuses on retraining and/or strengthening the pelvic floor muscles to promote proper function and optimize quality of life.
Treatments may involve:
- Pelvic floor exercises
- Transverse abdominis stabilization exercises
- Bladder diary and retraining
- Diet education
- Biofeedback to regain proper function
- Manual exercises
- Relaxation techniques
- Education on the uses of dilators or other devices to assist with strengthening or pain relief
- Home exercise program that includes strengthening and or stretching conditioning
If symptoms are affecting your quality of life, it is time to talk with your physician about a pelvic floor rehabilitation referral. At Lee's Summit Medical Center, our highly-trained occupational and physical therapists specialize in pelvic floor rehabilitation, promoting healing and maximizing occupational independence, so you can get back to enjoying life without the symptoms.