What Can PT Do for Postnatal Pelvic Floor Issues?
How many times do we hear, “it’s normal to leak after you have a baby!” or “I’m getting older, so I know I need to start wearing pads.” While having leakage is definitely a common experience for us as women, it’s definitely not normal and can usually be helped without medication or surgery.
Imagine a boat tied to a dock. When the tide is high, the ropes are nice and slack and only need to become taut when necessary. The boat is buoyant and there’s not a lot of stress to keep the boat where it belongs. Now imagine the same dock during low tide. The water is much lower, so the boat isn’t held up as high, and as a result, there’s a lot of stress and strain on the ropes to keep the boat where it belongs.
In this analogy, the boat is your pelvic and abdominal organs. The ropes are the ligaments and connective tissue that provide support for your organs, and the water is playing the role of your pelvic floor muscles. If the pelvic floor isn’t doing its job, your ligaments and connective tissue do more work to stabilize everything and can lead to common problems like incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse.
New moms sometimes report that they struggle with new episodes of leaking when lifting, laughing, or sneezing, which is annoying and can be embarrassing. Similarly, as we age, we notice that, sometimes, we have to start moving a bit more slowly when getting out of a chair or going down stairs to make sure we aren’t leaking, which can pose a fall risk or even encourage us to avoid movement to avoid leakage. These are common problems we face as women, but it doesn’t have to be like that!
A specially trained provider can evaluate your core, pelvic floor, and legs to help coordinate the muscle functions to give your pelvic floor the support it needs to function properly. Orthology is set apart by its incredible chiropractic care and physical therapy clinicians with highly trained manual therapy skills. You may receive both internal and external manual therapy, a customized exercise program, and homework to really get your pelvic floor working to the best of its ability. After all, your pelvic floor is just another musculoskeletal system that will receive optimal care from the experts in musculoskeletal health – Orthology PT’s and Chiropractors!