Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation

Root-Centered Rehabiliation

Have you ever laughed so hard you peed your pants? Do you get a strong urge to urinate every time you turn on the faucet? Has anyone ever told you these are things that “you just have to live with”?

At Element Wellness we recognize these are symptoms of treatable muscular imbalance and are not something you have to put up with.

The Pelvic Floor is a group of muscles at the base of the pelvis. These muscles provide support for the pelvic organs--including the bladder, bowel, and reproductive organs--while creating stability for the spine and lower extremities as part of the deep core (along with the abdominals and lumbar stabilizers). The Pelvic Floor muscles are also crucial in maintaining normal bowel and bladder sphincter control (to close off the urethra and rectum) as well as for optimal sexual function.

Common symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction include:
• Urinary leakage with coughing, sneezing, or exercise (Stress Incontinence)
• Urinary urgency (rushing to get to the bathroom, sometimes not making it)
• Pelvic pain
• Pain with intercourse or intimacy
• Heaviness or a “falling out” feeling in the vagina
• Bladder pain
• Constipation
• Accidental bowel leakage

These symptoms can occur secondary to:
• Pregnancy and childbirth
• Changes with Menopause
• Prostatectomy
• Trauma

(For an expanded list of pelvic floor diagnoses Element Wellness treats, please click here.)

Many individuals struggle with these symptoms that limit their ability to participate in sports, recreational activities, intimacy, and everyday life for years before learning there is treatment for these very personal and often embarrassing symptoms.

At Element, we believe you don’t have to live with pelvic floor dysfunction. Dr. Christina Trautman, our Women's Health Clinical Specialist, creates a comfortable atmosphere to discuss these sometimes uncomfortable issues. She spends time learning about each patient’s unique history and symptoms, then creates a treatment plan that includes education about pelvic anatomy and function, manual therapy techniques, relaxation training, and therapeutic exercise; when appropriate she also uses include EMG- biofeedback and electrical stimulation. Dr.Trautman treats both men and women; with each patient, her goal is to empower her patients to take control of their pelvic health and whole-body wellness.

 

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