Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Treatment
Pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD), is a general term to describe a number of conditions that may affect the urinary, reproductive, sexual and/or stability systems in the pelvis. It can indicate the presence of dysfunction in the muscles, joints, nerves, and connective tissues of the pelvis. As such, PFD may present with a wide array of symptoms and impairments, some of which are easily recognizable and others which can be confusing or misleading. The most important thing to know is that while manifestations of PFD are exceedingly common, they are by no means normal and that treatments are available. Treatment for these conditions uses biofeedback, pelvic floor muscle strengthening, bladder retraining program, postural reeducation, manual therapy, Pilates, electrical modalities and several other techniques your therapist is trained to perform.
Biofeedback is a non-invasive, pain-free form of treatment. The therapist attaches sensors or electrodes to the body and these sensors measure muscle tension and provide a variety of readings – feedback – which is captured and displayed in a computer for the patients to interact. With this information, patients can learn to make changes to reduce, or improve, muscle activation. With practice, the new responses and behaviors can help to bring relief and improvement to a variety of disorders. Biofeedback sensors can be used internally and externally to evaluate and treat pelvic floor muscle dysfunctions.
Manual therapy is defined as a clinical approach utilizing skilled, specific hands-on techniques, including but not limited to manipulation/mobilization, used by the physical therapist to diagnose and treat soft tissues and joint structures for the purpose of modulating pain; increasing range of motion (ROM); reducing or eliminating soft tissue inflammation; inducing relaxation; improving contractile and non-contractile tissue repair, extensibility, and/or stability; facilitating movement and improving function.
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. It can be done softly (indirect release)or more deep (direct release) applying the pressure slowly to allow the fascia to elongate.
Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a type of gentle massage which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph from the tissues space in the body. The lymph system depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels. Manual lymph drainage uses a specific, small amount of pressure and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow. Manual Lymphatic drainage can be used to treat Lymphedema in combination with compression wrapping and decongestive exercises, CDT – complete decongestive therapy is provided in our office by a trained therapist.
Postural Reeducation treatment is based on a thorough analysis and observation of anatomy, physiology and biomechanical postural alterations presented in the patient’s body. The treatment is based on the individuality of each person in order to design a specific exercise program. We treat not only the symptoms but its causes as well as the consequences of such symptoms.
Pilates is a body conditioning routine that helps build flexibility, muscle strengthening, endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back. It puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing to relieve stress and allow adequate oxygen flow to muscles, developing a strong core or center (tones abdominals while strengthening the back), and improving coordination and balance. Pilates’ flexible system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginning to advanced. Intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions adapts to the exercises. No muscle group is under or over trained. It enhances core strength and brings increased reach, flexibility and agility. At Physioactive we provide one-on-one pilates session in the reformer.
Therapeutic exercise is a physical therapy intervention encompassing a broad range of activities designed to restore or improve musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary and/or neurologic function. Our Physical Therapist will assist the patients in designing therapeutic exercise programs to prevent injury or secondary impairments. In addition, the Physical Therapist uses therapeutic exercise as one component of patient care to improve functional ability and general well-being in those who are experiencing limitations or disability due to a disease, disorder, trauma, injury or surgery. Therapeutic exercises include a wide range of programs:
- Coordination and Balance
Prenatal and Postpartum
Prenatal: Your treatment plan is developed after a thorough examination and review of your medical history, and may include: fitting for braces or other supports, massage or other manual techniques to decrease pain and improve joint function, and instruction in individualized exercises to reduce pain or improve motion.
Pospartum: All women experience significant changes in their bodies during and after pregnancy and can benefit from a post-partum physical therapy evaluation. Often times women report ‘still feeling not right’, even after they have been cleared by their Obstetricians at 6 weeks to return to intercourse and other activities. Physical therapy can help post-partum women recover from delivery quickly and safely, eliminate pelvic pain, and avoid later complications such as stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.
Our orthopedic rehabilitation services diagnoses and treats disorders and injuries of the muskuloskeletal system. Joint mobilizations, strength training, hot/cold packs, and electrical stimulation are some of the techniques and modalities that we often use to expedite recovery of our patients.
At Physioactive we treat the following Orthopedic conditions:
- Back Pain (Sciatic, Spinal Stenosis, Disc Herniation)
- Neck Pain (Stenosis, herniation, nerve entrapment syndromes and radiculopathy)
- Shoulder Conditions (Rotator Cuff, Impingement, Bursitis, Frozen Shoulder)
- Hip Conditions (hip bursitis, total hip replacement, pain and weakness)
- Orthopedic and Arthritic Disorders
- Auto & Work Related Injuries
- Chronic Pain Relief
- Musculoskeletal Conditions Provoked by Weakness
- Postural Abnormalities and Poor Posture
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