Real Life: Help for 'Peezing' (Sneezing and Peeing at the Same Time!)
Written by: Dr. Amanda Fisher, DPT
'I have never heard of pelvic floor physical therapy.' That's something I hear OFTEN. Most people haven’t! A lot of patients deal with their pelvic floor dysfunction for years before being referred to a physical therapist for pelvic floor training.
Pelvic floor muscles are a group of muscles that attach along the brim of the pelvis. The pelvic floor’s main functions are urination, sexual function, bowel movement, core stability and organ support. When pelvic floor muscles aren’t functioning well, they may cause pain, incontinence, constipation or urinary retention.
I am a pelvic floor physical therapist, which means I am specially trained to evaluate and treat the musculature of the pelvic floor. I give patients the opportunity to improve their pelvic floor issues holistically by developing a home exercise program to meet their individual needs.
At an initial evaluation with a patient, I evaluate how my patients move in standing, with functional movements, and how they might be compensating with other muscles. I examine core stability and what improvements can be made to improve overall stability and function for the patient. I perform an internal pelvic floor muscle evaluation, vaginally for women and rectally for men. I also use biofeedback to see how the muscles are functioning, give patients feedback on how their pelvic floor muscles are functioning and what needs to be done to improve their symptoms.
I decided to specialize in pelvic floor dysfunction because I suffered from pelvic pain and knew I wanted to help women improve their function so they could improve their life, just like me. If you have pelvic floor dysfunction or are questioning if you do, please call or email me. I’d love to get you on the right path to help improve your symptoms. Living with incontinence or pelvic pain is common, but it is not normal.
Dr. Amanda Fisher, DPT