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Why Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy is Essential Across Every Stage of Life

May 09, 20242 min read

Why Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy is Essential Across Every Stage of Life

Pelvic floor physical therapy and achieving optimal pelvic health should be a lifelong commitment, spanning across the various stages of life. Pelvic floor physical therapy can be beneficial in early stages of life specifically for young women experiencing menstrual health issues.  At Renew Health, we see many women with pelvic pain conditions such as endometriosis that may experience pelvic pain with penetrative activities such as tampon use, intercourse, and GYN examinations. Pelvic floor therapy can be beneficial to not only reduce pain caused by chronic pain conditions such as endometriosis but to work with individuals who may also suffer from infertility. A lesser-known fact is that pelvic floor therapy is tailored for everyone, not exclusively for pregnant or postpartum women. 

lifting weights without incontinence or pelvic pain

With that being said, we certainly do see many individuals in our western MA community for birth preparation and for postpartum care. Throughout pregnancy, the pelvic floor undergoes considerable strain due to the weight of the growing uterus. Pelvic floor physical therapy during pregnancy can help women prepare their bodies for childbirth by lengthening and coordinating the pelvic floor muscles. Postpartum therapy can aid in the recovery process, addressing issues such as pelvic pain, incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse. By seeking therapy during these stages, women can optimize their recovery and prevent long-term complications. 

pregnancy and pelvic health evaluation with a pelvic floor physical therapist

As we age, changes in hormone levels, decreased muscle mass, and lifestyle factors can contribute to pelvic floor issues. Menopause, in particular, brings about hormonal changes that can affect pelvic floor function, leading to symptoms like urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and sexual dysfunction.

Pelvic floor physical therapy can help individuals navigate these changes effectively. Therapists can provide guidance on exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, strategies to manage symptoms, and techniques to improve bladder and bowel control. By addressing pelvic floor issues early on, individuals can maintain their quality of life as they age.

pelvic health at every age

Come into our Western MA clinic for an initial evaluation to get a jumpstart on your pelvic health! You will gain an understanding of pelvic health that you have not had with ANY provider thus far.

Don't wait! Book a 15-minute phone consultation today!

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