Suffering from urinary incontinence or another form of pelvic floor dysfunction? You are not alone. More than one-third of American women have a pelvic floor disorder. As frustrating as these conditions may be, there is hope.
Grace Cottage’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Center now offers a specialized therapy called Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation, offered to women with:
- Interstitial cystitis
- Painful bladder syndrome
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Pelvic pain
- Pregnancy and postpartum concerns
- Sexual dysfunction
- Urinary incontinence
- other pelvic concerns
The term “pelvic floor” refers to the muscles in the pelvic region that support the internal organs. Problems can occur when these muscles are weakened or injured.
For example, pregnancy, childbirth, aging, and other conditions can lead to pelvic organ prolapse–when the pelvic muscles can no longer adequately support the pelvic organs, so these organs press down onto other organs, causing pain. Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation can help to alleviate this pain.
Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation can also help with incontinence. There are several types of incontinence. Two are most common:
- Stress Urinary Incontinence, when urine leaks from the bladder during physical exertion, lifting a heavy object, doing exercise, or when coughing or sneezing. Pregnancy, vaginal delivery of a baby, type 2 diabetes, weight gain, and aging – all of these can increase the risk for Stress Urinary Incontinence.
- Urge Urinary Incontinence. With this condition, urine begins to leak as soon as a person feels the urge to urinate, so there is no time to get to a bathroom first.
Physical therapy and therapeutic exercise have proven effective in treating both types of incontinence.
Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation therapy treats the whole person. Treatment is individualized for each patient’s needs and may include physical exams, therapeutic exercises, biofeedback, ultrasound, and conversation about the emotional stress that often accompanies this issue.
Treatment is individualized for each patient’s needs. The therapy is covered by most insurance, with medical provider referral. Talk to your primary care provider to determine if this therapy is right for you. With a referral in hand, you can call Grace Cottage at 802-365-3637, to schedule your first appointment.