Experiencing symptoms “down there” but too embarrassed to ask? We Got You Covered!
Are you afraid to sneeze or cough for fear of leaking urine? Do you experience painful intercourse? Have you had pain in your vaginal, pelvis or abdomen area for a number of years without relief? Believe me, you are not alone! It is estimated 1 in 3 women experience these symptoms, referred to as pelvic floor dysfunction. The pelvic floor is the group of muscles that you feel tightening when you hold back gas or urine, also known as the infamous “kegel.” Just like any other muscle in the body that can experience pain or weakness, the pelvic floor muscles are wired the same way. Dysfunction can result from a number of things including pregnancy and delivery, bladder dysfunctions including interstitial cystitis, recovery from cancer treatments, muscle imbalances and even chronic constipation.
Incontinence tends to be thought of as an “old person’s problem.” This is so not true! Women all ages, including young female athletes, experience urinary leakage. While it is considered common, it should never be acceptable! Urinary leakage is a sign that our pelvic floor and core muscles are not working as cohesively as they should. In fact, it is reported up to 78% of low back pain sufferers also experience urinary leakage. Learning how to engage our “pelvic brace” muscles correctly during exercises, including activities such as lifting our kids and working out at the gym, can both improve back pain while eliminating incontinence.
Pelvic pain is another dysfunction that can affect both men and women. Pelvic pain can originate from musculoskeletal impairments themselves, such as scars from episiotomies during childbirth, or referred pain from painful bladder syndromes. Pain can be felt in the groin, abdomen, vagina, hips, low back, tail bone and buttocks region. Many chronic pelvic pain sufferers will see a number of different health care professionals, including physicians, to get answers and seek relief. They can be given different treatments that are not affective, and tend to suffer months if not years with their symptoms. Treating the musculoskeletal component of their symptoms, which in some cases involve treating the internal or vaginal muscles with a specialized women’s health Physical Therapist, can give relief if not eliminate their pain completely.
As a women’s health Physical Therapist myself I find treating this clientele very rewarding! If you feel any of these services could help you please call me for a free phone consultation. In Indiana you do not need a doctor’s prescription to be seen initially by a physical therapist for an evaluation.
Please call me at 317-689-0073 or visit my website at IndyWomenPT.com for more information. I look forward to hearing from you!