Treating pelvic disorders
The pelvic floor is a sling of muscles stretching from the lower part of the abdomen in front to the tailbone in the back. These muscles support the bladder, the descending colon and the genital and rectal area. They stabilize connecting joints, assist in urinary and bowel continence, are involved in sexual performance and orgasm, and help circulate blood and other fluids in the pelvic region.
Pelvic floor muscles can be weakened in many ways, including childbirth or postpartum pelvic pain, obesity, chronic coughing, heavy lifting, high impact exercise, age, or the straining of chronic constipation. Compromised pelvic muscles can be involved in a wide range of disorders and conditions.
In our practice, we work to lengthen and strengthen the pelvic musculature in combination with neuromuscular re-education. We make treatment decisions on a case-by-case basis. Each decision is based on what will be most effective for that specific patient.
Please explore the various treatment modalities discussed throughout this website. Also, keep in mind that we encourage patients to engage in a range of alternative approaches, from cognitive behavioral therapy, acupuncture, massage and meditation to guided imagery, nutritional therapy, and lifestyle modification among other modalities. Many patients experience a break in the cycle of chronic pelvic pain and inflammation through these techniques.
When treating pelvic floor dysfunction and related pain we focus on:
- Calming the central and peripheral nervous systems
- Retraining these nerves to fire more appropriately
- Decreasing tension
- Improving blood flow to the muscles
We also work to lengthen and strengthen the pelvic musculature in combination with neuromuscular re-education. Whenever possible, we use non-pharmacologic and noninvasive interventions that expose patients to less risk than invasive measures or drug therapies. We make treatment decisions on a case-by-case basis based on what will be most effective for each specific patient.