The National Association for Continence estimates that 25 million adult
Americans experience transient or chronic urinary incontinence. 75% of
women show improvement in leakage after pelvic floor exercise according
to the International Urogynecological Association.
Do you Experience Pelvic Pain or Urinary Incontinence?
The physical therapists in the Torrance Memorial Medical Center are committed
to improving the quality of life of our patients who suffer from pelvic
pain and pelvic floor disorders.
Pelvic floor disorders, such as urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, and
painful sex may be associated with weakness and/or spasms of the pelvic
These problems can occur as a result of hormone changes, changes in activity
level and/or postpartum complications. Those women who have had difficult
deliveries are at higher risk for these problems.
The Torrance Memorial Pelvic Floor program is a non-surgical answer to
pelvic floor disorders. Physical therapy treatment includes manual therapy
techniques to facilitate muscle contraction and/or techniques for relaxation
of the muscles. Our therapists will evaluate and provide a personalized
treatment plan that includes strengthening the pelvic floor through exercise,
biofeedback and other modalities to decrease pain and improve bladder control.
Prevention: Daily Kegel Exercises For a Healthy Pelvic Floor
Kegel exercises can help you prevent or control urinary incontinence and
other pelvic floor problems. Follow these simple instructions for contracting
and relaxing your pelvic floor muscles.
- First, find your pelvic floor muscles by attempting to stop flow of urine
or the passing of gas.
- Once you've identified your pelvic floor muscles, empty your bladder
and lie on your back. Tighten your pelvic floor muscles, hold the contraction,
and then relax.
- Increase pelvic strength by trying to lift pelvic floor up into abdomen
like an elevator rising.
With consistent daily exercise, you should see results in 6-8 weeks if
your primary problem is small leakages with exertion
- 8 reps, 3 times a day
- Work up to 10 second hold
Consistency is key!
The Torrance Memorial Physical Therapy team is comprised of highly trained
and experienced therapists who are available for any rehabilitation needs.
Our pelvic floor program is led by a team of therapists certified in pelvic
For More Information
To learn more about our program or to schedule an appointment, contact
us at 310-378-2234, Ext. 305.