If you’ve been diagnosed with urinary incontinence or pelvic prolapse, pelvic floor rehabilitation provides a safe, nonsurgical means of easing your symptoms. Emily Priestas, DPT, at Premier Spine and Sports Medicine in Hagerstown, Maryland, proudly offers pelvic floor rehabilitation to men and women. To learn more about this unique treatment option, request an appointment by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool today.
Pelvic floor rehabilitation is a type of physical therapy designed to improve the strength and function of the muscles that support your bladder, urethra, and other organs in your pelvic region.
Your pelvic muscles stretch from your tailbone to your pubic bone and create a base or “floor” for the other organs. As you get older, it's possible for the muscles in your pelvic floor to develop small tears or weak areas. This can occur as a result of childbirth, surgery, illness, or the natural aging process.
Pelvic floor rehabilitation works to strengthen these muscles. When you have a strong pelvic floor, you’re much less likely to experience problems like an overactive bladder or organ prolapses. Pelvic floor rehabilitation provides a safe, nonsurgical treatment to address these and other issues.
Pelvic floor rehabilitation uses the same basic principles of physical therapy to safely and effectively recondition and strengthen the muscles that make up your pelvic floor.
Emily has participated in specialty training to better understand urinary incontinence and pelvic prolapse. She uses this knowledge and training to develop custom treatment plans that ease uncomfortable symptoms and improve your quality of life.
At Premier Spine and Sports Medicine, the team uses several treatments when developing pelvic floor rehabilitation plans, including:
Lifestyle factors like being overweight or smoking cigarettes increase your risk of urinary incontinence. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, your provider might recommend eating a more balanced diet, quitting smoking, and exercising more regularly.
Pelvic muscle exercises, also known as Kegels, prevent and control urinary incontinence and other common pelvic floor problems. They work to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. Kegels are easy and you can perform them at any time, at home, at work, or even in the car.
During biofeedback, you receive a series of small electric sensors that are placed on the skin near your pelvic floor muscles. The sensors feed information to a digital monitor that illustrates the pelvic floor muscles being exercised. Biofeedback shows you how to use your pelvic muscles correctly and provides key insights about your pelvic health in general.
Don’t let pelvic health problems prevent you from living your best life. Request an appointment at Premier Spine and Sports Medicine today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.