Pelvic Floor Disorders in Women: How a Female Physical Therapist Can Help

Pelvic Floor Disorders in Women How a Female Physical Therapist Can Help

Pelvic floor disorders might seem like a taboo topic, but they’re actually quite common among women. Many of us face issues like incontinence, pelvic pain, or prolapse, which can really disrupt our daily lives. Thankfully, female physical therapists understand these challenges and offer our needed care. 

Next, we’ll explore how a female physical therapist tackles the most common pelvic floor disorders in women. Let’s begin, shall we?

What Are Pelvic Floor Disorders?

Pelvic floor disorders happen when the muscles and tissues in your pelvic area become weak or damaged. This can lead to problems like urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and chronic pelvic pain. It’s easy to feel embarrassed about these issues, but recognizing them is the first step toward getting better.

A female physical therapist will start with a thorough assessment to pinpoint what’s going on. This usually involves discussing your medical history, doing a physical exam, and sometimes running a few tests. 

The goal is to understand the root cause of your symptoms and create a personalized treatment plan. With a compassionate approach, a female physical therapist helps you feel comfortable and supported as you work toward recovery.

Tackling Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence, or involuntary urine leakage, is something many women experience, especially after childbirth or during menopause. It can range from minor leaks when you laugh or sneeze to more severe cases that affect your daily life. It can be physically and emotionally challenging, but it’s treatable.

To manage urinary incontinence, a female physical therapist often starts by teaching you about your pelvic floor muscles and how they support your bladder. You’ll then learn to do Kegel exercises, which involve contracting and relaxing these muscles to strengthen them. 

Sometimes, biofeedback and electrical stimulation are used to help you become more aware of and control these muscles. With consistent practice and guidance, many women see significant improvement, regaining their confidence and quality of life.

Dealing with Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse happens when pelvic organs like the bladder, uterus, or rectum drop from their normal position and push into the vaginal canal. This can cause discomfort, pressure, and trouble with urination or bowel movements. It’s more common in women who’ve had multiple pregnancies, are overweight, or have a history of heavy lifting.

Treatment often involves lifestyle changes, pelvic floor exercises, and sometimes using a pessary, a device inserted into the vagina to support the organs. Strengthening your pelvic floor muscles can reduce the severity of prolapse and ease your symptoms. Safe lifting techniques and activities that prevent straining the pelvic floor are also part of the advice.

Managing Chronic Pelvic Pain

Chronic pelvic pain is a complex condition with multiple causes, like muscle spasms, endometriosis, or interstitial cystitis. This ongoing pain can be debilitating and interfere with daily life. Treating chronic pelvic pain requires a comprehensive approach that considers both physical and emotional factors.

Creating a personalized treatment plan might include manual therapy to release muscle tension, stretches to improve flexibility, and exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor. Relaxation techniques like deep breathing and mindfulness can help manage pain and reduce stress. 

By addressing both the physical and psychological aspects of chronic pelvic pain, patients can find lasting relief and improved well-being.

Overcoming Fecal Incontinence

Fecal incontinence, or the inability to control bowel movements, is another distressing pelvic floor disorder that affects many women. It can result from damage to the pelvic floor muscles or nerves during childbirth, surgery, or due to certain medical conditions. This condition can lead to social embarrassment and isolation, but effective treatments are available.

A thorough evaluation helps determine the cause of fecal incontinence. Treatment might include pelvic floor exercises to strengthen the muscles that control bowel movements, dietary changes to improve stool consistency, and techniques to establish regular bowel habits. 

In some cases, biofeedback therapy is used to help women gain better control over their bowel function. With professional guidance and a tailored treatment plan, many women see significant improvements in their symptoms.

Resolve Physical Therapy: Your Partner in Pelvic Health

At Resolve Physical Therapy, we understand the unique challenges that come with pelvic floor disorders. Our team of female physical therapists is dedicated to helping women regain their quality of life through personalized care and support. Whether you’re dealing with urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, chronic pelvic pain, or fecal incontinence, we’re here to help.

Our focus is on creating customized treatment plans that fit your lifestyle and address your specific needs. Our approach combines education, exercises, and hands-on therapy to provide comprehensive care. We won’t tell you to stop your favorite activities; instead, we’ll work with you to find solutions that keep you moving pain-free. 

At Resolve Physical Therapy, we’ve earned the trust of countless women by helping them get back to being themselves.


Pelvic floor disorders can significantly impact a woman’s life, but they are manageable with the proper care and support. A female physical therapist plays a crucial role in diagnosing and treating these conditions with sensitivity and expertise. 

At Resolve Physical Therapy, we are committed to helping women overcome these challenges and achieve lasting relief. If you’re struggling with a pelvic floor disorder, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Together, we can develop a plan that fits your life and gets you back to being you.

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