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Posted on 06-01-2017
Jennifer Collard, PT of Total Health Associates, has worked with many women struggling with a frequently overlooked and misunderstood dysfunction: pelvic pain. Research suggests that as many as 1 in 3 women experience pain and dysfunction related to their pelvic muscles. Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy, offered at Total Health Associates, is a valuable service in the treatment of this condition--read on to learn more.
The pelvic floor is an intricate system of muscles and connective tissues at the bottom of your abdomen on the inside of your pelvis. It serves quite literally as the "floor" and helps to keep the important organs and internal structures within your abdomen in place.
These pelvic floor muscles also have a major role in your posture. They are the "bottom support" of the pelvis and spine. A woman's body needs to be able to sustain the loads of caring for children, working out, running, weight lifting or just going grocery shopping. Strong pelvic floor muscles play an integral role in allowing a woman to live her life without pain or discomfort. If there is dysfunction it needs be addressed.
Dysfunction of the pelvic floor is typically caused by pregnancy, infection, prior surgery, or trauma. It presents with a variety of symptoms including pelvic pain, pain during intercourse, and urinary incontinence. Often women are embarrassed by these symptoms and delay seeking professional care. If you struggle with any of these symptoms, come see us for help!
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Total Health Associates wants to spread awareness about pelvic floor dysfunction and specifically the physical therapy that can help. We encourage any woman struggling with pelvic pain and the symptoms associated with Pelvic Floor Dysfunction to seek Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy in Waldwick. Our physical therapist can assess, and treat symptoms through a variety of evidenced-based methods.
Typical treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction include:
Electrical stimulation, including biofeedback
External and internal soft tissue mobilization
Deep tissue massage
Trigger point release
The main goals of treatment are to restore normal neuromuscular activation and tone to the pelvic floor muscles, along with realigning the pelvic and spinal anatomy. This both relieves symptoms and prevents dysfunction from recurring.
We were excited to attend the latest Women To Women event hosted by (201) Magazine. It couldn't have been more fitting for our Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist, Jennifer Collard, to listen to Dr. Yitzhack Asulin of Holy Name Hospital speak about the benefits of robotic surgery for women needing gynecologic surgery or pelvic floor reconstruction. She was even able to grab some of his time to discuss the valuable benefits of rehabilitation and Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy!!
Pelvic pain can be a debilitating and challenging health condition that likely impacts more women than you may think. If you believe you're struggling with pelvic floor dysfunction, know that you're not alone.
To schedule a consultation for Pelvic Floor physical therapy in Waldwick and surrounding towns, call Total Health Associates today at 201-447-5757.
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