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Pelvic organ prolapse refers to the descent or bulging of one or more pelvic organs, such as the bladder, uterus, or rectum, into the vaginal canal. Physical therapy can be a valuable part of the management and treatment of pelvic organ prolapse. Here’s how physical therapy can help:
- Pelvic floor muscle training: Physical therapists specializing in pelvic health can assess the strength, coordination, and function of your pelvic floor muscles. They can provide specific exercises to strengthen these muscles, known as Kegel exercises. Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles can help support the pelvic organs and reduce the symptoms associated with prolapse.
- Pelvic floor muscle relaxation: In cases where the pelvic floor muscles are tight or overactive, physical therapists can teach relaxation techniques to release tension and improve the overall tone and function of the pelvic floor muscles. This can help alleviate symptoms and improve the position of the prolapsed organs.
- Education on proper body mechanics and posture: Physical therapists can provide education on proper body mechanics and posture during various activities to minimize intra-abdominal pressure and reduce strain on the pelvic floor and prolapsed organs. They may offer guidance on lifting techniques, exercise modifications, and postural adjustments to support pelvic organ support.
- Behavioral modifications: Physical therapists can provide guidance on lifestyle modifications to manage pelvic organ prolapse. This may include recommendations on weight management, avoiding activities that increase intra-abdominal pressure (such as heavy lifting or straining during bowel movements), and techniques to improve bowel and bladder habits.
- Collaborative approach: Physical therapists often work closely with other healthcare professionals, such as gynecologists or urogynecologists, to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated approach to managing pelvic organ prolapse. They can collaborate in the development of an individualized treatment plan that addresses the specific needs and goals of each patient.
Our skilled team of pelvic floor physical therapists will perform a thorough evaluation to identify areas of impairment that are contributing to your symptoms. Following the exam, your physical therapist will work with you to create a plan of care that best suits your personal goals and needs.