What causes pelvic floor dysfunction?
Over time, due to stress, scar tissue, surgeries, poor bathroom habits, child birth, improper performance of pelvic floor exercises, and/or the natural course of aging, our muscles may become weak or over-stressed and can spasm. This can result in decreased quality of life due to pain, weakness, or incontinence.
Muscle imbalances in the hips, back and abdomen and fascial (connective tissue) restrictions related to poor posture may also contribute to pelvic floor dysfunction.
What is the pelvic floor and what does it do for me?
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles which form a sling at the bottom of your pelvis to provide support to your pelvic and abdominal organs. The pelvic floor muscles are essential in bladder, bowel and sexual function. Along with your hip, low back and abdominal muscles, the pelvic floor muscles provide core stability.
What are common signs of pelvic floor dysfunction?
How does physical therapy address pelvic floor dysfunction?
What diagnoses are associated with pelvic floor dysfunction?
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