How Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Works

Pelvic floor disorders
affect millions and the symptoms that come
along with those issues can be incredibly frustrating. So, in today’s how it
works, I’m gonna learn about a therapy that can
make a big difference. (upbeat music) – I think, Angela, we should
start by just explaining what this therapy is all about. – Well, pelvic floor
therapy really is a type of therapy that
can address the muscles at the bottom of the pelvis. Some people don’t know, but
we actually have muscles in our pelvis and because
physical therapists specialize in treating muscles, you go to physical
therapy to get that area stronger, as well. – [Jane] So, let’s talk
about who would benefit from pelvic floor
muscle therapy. – There’s so many different
patients that have symptoms that might benefit,
symptoms such as leaking when you cough or sneeze,
having to run to the bathroom to get there in time, getting
up at night multiple times to go to the bathroom, having
difficulty controlling gas. – So, can this
pelvic floor therapy really help the issues? Is there hope for people? – Absolutely. Just like any other issue, if
you have weakness in muscles and they’re not
doing their thing, you strengthen
them and you often can get rid of your symptoms. Generally when we see patients, we explain to them that it’s
not just your pelvic floor that’s having a problem. A lot of times,
there’s core muscles that aren’t doing their
job and there’s also pelvic girdle muscles that
aren’t doing their job and all of that has
to work together for your pelvic floor to
really be as efficient as it needs to be so that
you don’t have any symptoms. – I think the first and
most important thing is to talk about it. – Correct. It’s very common and, but
most women don’t notice. If you look at the
entire population from age 20 to 100, 25% of women are gonna have pelvic
floor dysfunction. – So, today you’re gonna
show us a couple exercises that can help strengthen
those muscles. – Correct. (gentle music) We want to be able to
use the Swiss Ball, that’s what these are
called, Swiss Balls, to put a little bit of pressure at your pelvic floor
to help you do a Kegel. – Okay. – A Kegel is just
another word for a pelvic floor
muscle contraction. So, if we want to
strengthen our pelvic floor, this is a nice way to start. Lift your pelvic floor,
and some people say, “What does that mean?” – [Jane] Right. But if you picture yourself
going to the bathroom and you try and stop
your urine flow, you’re gonna hold
that contraction as you glide over onto your
right leg and back to center and glide onto your left
leg and bag to center. – [Jane] Angela
grabbed some bands for the next one. – Now we’re gonna get some
pelvic girdle muscle strength. So, you’re gonna tie
this around your knees and your gonna put your
feet and knees together. – Okay. – And in that position,
you’re gonna try and pull outward on the band and
you’re gonna hold that for a count of 10. For the last exercise
I want to show you, is a really important exercise for using your
abdominals correctly that will help your
pelvic floor be stronger. – Okay. – So, the trick
with this is letting your tummy hang to start
and then the exercise is just to draw inward and hold. And as you hold that,
you might even feel your pelvic floor muscle
tensing a little bit because the two of
them work together. After 10 seconds,
you can just relax and you’ll also
relax for 10 seconds. – Okay. – It takes practice. When you start new exercises,
it really takes practice to get good at them and as
your muscles get stronger, you do get good at them and
then you should start seeing some improvement
in your symptoms. – And so, that’s
the best thing about pelvic floor muscle therapy,
is that there is hope. – These are things you
can try in your home, these are things you can try with the help of a
therapist if needed, but they’re simple things to do and they can make a
real big difference in the quality of your life as they get your
symptoms better. – Angela, thank you so much. For more information
on other therapies, just head to our website,


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