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PELVIC FLOOR DYSFUNCTION
The pelvic floor comprises of muscles that support the muscles and organs in the pelvic floor area. These organs include bladder, uterus or prostate glands and the rectum. Pelvic floor dysfunction is a condition when a person is unable to control the pelvic floor muscles for bowel movements. Symptoms include feeling of incomplete bowel, constipation, painful urination, pain during intercourse, pain in the pelvic region and the genitals.
HOW IS PELVIC FLOOR DYSFUNCTION DIAGNOSED?
A Gynecologist diagnoses Pelvic Floor Dysfunction by examining the medical history of the patient and conducting a physical examination to evaluate the patient’s ability to control the pelvic floor muscles. In certain cases, the doctor may perform a defecating proctogram.
HOW IS PELVIC FLOOR DYSFUNCTION TREATED?
Treatment may include:
• External and internal manual therapy including:myofascial release and trigger point release, visceral manipulation, connective tissue manipulation, and craniosacral therapy
• Biofeedback, electrical stimulation, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
• Cold laser, heat and cold therapy
DID YOU KNOW?
The condition is widespread, affecting up to 50% of women at some point in their lifetime. Almost 10 percent of women will undergo surgery for urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. 30 percent of those undergoing surgery will have at least two surgeries in trying to correct the problem.