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So Much More Than Kegels

Friday, July 27, 2018

Most patients don’t even know they have pelvic floor muscles, much less that there is physical therapy to treat them. 

The pelvic floor is a collection of muscles that sit inside the bottom of your pelvis like a bowl. They have functions for support of the pelvis and organs, for sphinteric control of urine and stool, and for sexual function. Both men and women have pelvic floors, just in a slightly different arrangement. 

When these muscles don’t work properly, people experience symptoms such as urinary incontinence, urinary frequency and urgency, pelvic pain, constipation, fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, tailbone pain, and sexual dysfunction.

While all of these symptoms are common, they are NOT normal, no matter what age, gender, or obstetric history! The good news is that pelvic floor physical therapy can help! The first visit typically consists of a detailed medical history, brief external and internal exam of the pelvic floor muscles, education about how the pelvic floor is contributing to symptoms, and exercises to do at home. We also look at your core strength, hip strength and range of motion, pelvic alignment, and breathing mechanics. It’s so much more than Kegels! 

If you have questions or would like more information, you can call our office at 617-536-1161 or email me, Anna Koteff, at Anna.Koteff@JointVenturesPT.com

 

 

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