Pelvic Floor Therapy

Childbirth, aging, and other factors can weaken the muscles of the pelvic floor, reducing your sensations during sex and leading to urinary incontinence. At Reston Women’s Center in Reston, Virginia, the team of experienced providers offers therapy to strengthen this area, so you can avoid more invasive treatments to improve your pelvic function. To learn more about pelvic floor therapy, call the office or book an appointment online.

Pelvic Floor Therapy Q & A

What is Pelvic Floor Therapy?

Pelvic floor therapy is physical therapy designed to improve the function of your pelvic floor muscles. These muscles support your pelvic organs, contribute to sexual orgasm, and help in bladder and bowel control. Pelvic floor therapy can ease stress and strengthen these muscles, depending on your particular situation.

Who is a Candidate for Pelvic Floor Therapy?

You may be considered for pelvic floor therapy if you have:

  • Difficulty with bowel movements or urination
  • Constipation
  • Painful intercourse
  • Incontinence
  • Poor sexual sensation
  • Pelvic pain

What is Involved in Pelvic Floor Therapy?

Education, manual therapy, and electrical stimulation may be part of a pelvic floor treatment plan.

Kegel exercises play a core role in pelvic floor therapy. The key to performing these exercises, which involve contracting and relaxing the muscles of your pelvic floor, is learning what muscles to activate. The team at Reston Women’s Center can help you identify these muscles and know when to perform exercises to get the most benefit.

Physical therapy may also include biofeedback, during which your provider places sensors on the vaginal wall to measure the function of the muscles. After you perform exercises at home for a time, the test is repeated to measure your progress.

What are the Benefits of Pelvic Floor Therapy?

Pelvic floor therapy can strengthen and tone targeted muscles. The specific benefits include:

  • Reduction of pain during sex
  • Improved urinary continence
  • Reduced symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse
  • Increased sexual pleasure
  • Enhanced recovery from pregnancy and birth

Pelvic floor therapy can also help you heal from the condition known as vaginismus, which involves involuntary tightening of the vagina and painful vaginal spasms. You may also use it as a treatment for vulvodynia, severe burning or knife-like pain in the vulva caused by trauma or chronic infection.

If you have diminished sexual pleasure, urinary incontinence, or pelvic pain, noninvasive pelvic floor therapy may help. Call Reston Women’s Center to learn more, or book an appointment online to schedule your therapy session.