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Most of us have heard the term pelvic floor, but do you know what it is and what it does?

The pelvic floor is everything inside the bowl of the bony pelvis. It contains the pelvic organs, the pelvic floor muscles and connective tissue, and all the nerves and blood vessels that supply these structures. The pelvic floor muscles have four main functions: they control your bladder and bowel continence, assist in sexual function, stabilize your pelvis, and provide support to the pelvic organs.

How prevalent is pelvic floor dysfunction and what are common conditions that people seek treatment for?

Some studies have found that more than a third of individuals who identify as a female have pelvic floor dysfunction — so chances are you or someone else you know suffers from this.

You may not think you have pelvic floor dysfunction but do any of these scenarios sound familiar?

• Do you have to cross your legs when you sneeze or avoid running and jumping activities due to leaking urine?

• Do you avoid long car rides or restrict fluid intake in fear of not making the bathroom in time? Or do you urinate frequently (>10x/day or >1x at night)

• Do you have pain with use of tampons or have pain with intercourse?

• Do you have pain in your pelvic region — genitals, perineum, rectum or tailbone?

• Do you feel like you cannot completely empty your bowels or bladder and have to go back soon after to try again?

What does treatment consist of?

If you experience any of these symptoms a visit to a qualified pelvic floor therapist is recommended. The evidence for pelvic floor therapy is strong. There have been multiple studies and reviews published that demonstrate grade A evidence for pelvic floor rehab as a first line treatment for most of the aforementioned conditions.

Your treatment will be individualized to your specific presentation and goals utilizing a full body approach. Treatment consists of patient education, strategies, and removal of negative barriers to recovery in addition to specific therapies that many include internal release, pelvic repositioning strategies, pelvic floor muscle down training and relaxation, pelvic strengthening exercises, bladder retraining, biofeedback, and core/ hip strengthening.

In addition, Paragon Sport Spine & Wellness offers a full host of orthopedic rehabilitation services including physical & occupational therapy, chiropractic, and acupuncture for most all musculoskeletal aches and pain. For more information, visit www.paragonssw.com or call us at 609-686-2050.

Paragon Sport Spine & Wellness, 17 Main Street, Suite 403, Robbinsville. 609-686-2050. www.paragonssw.com.

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