For those suffering from incontinence, urgency, pelvic pain, or other pelvic conditions, pelvic floor therapy is a conservative, non-surgical treatment to relieve discomfort and pain. To better understand this type of therapy and whether or not it can offer you relief, read this post and then talk to the doctors at Urology Specialists of Georgia by calling us at 478-745-6576.
What Is Pelvic Floor Therapy?
Pelvic floor therapy targets the pelvic floor muscles, a group of muscles in the front, back, and sides of your pelvis. Certain conditions cause these muscles to weaken, tighten, or spasm, which results in pain, incontinence, or other issues.
Physical therapy stretches and strengthens these muscles, acting as a treatment for several conditions.
Urinary incontinence is often treated by performing Kegel exercises, which strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and offer more control over the bladder. At Urology Specialists, we ensure you perform these exercises correctly with hands-on guidance and biofeedback sensors. These sensors measure your muscle strength and track your improvements.
Different techniques are used for patients experiencing bladder pain. Physical therapy that encourages relaxing and stretching the pelvic floor muscles simultaneously relieve pain and offer a better control of bladder muscles.
The health care professionals at Urology Specialists will teach you the exercises and techniques you need in order to continue your therapy at home and encourage pelvic floor health throughout your life.
Electrical Stimulation of the Pelvic Floor
Sometimes, direct stimulation of the muscles will further help strengthen them. Your physician might decide to send very mild electrical pulses to your muscles, helping you contract them without effort. It will also teach you which muscles to isolate during your exercises. This treatment is not painful, and many patients describe it as a tingling sensation.