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 floor muscles.
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 lead by a team of therapists certified in pelvic floor rehabilitation.
For More Information
To learn more about our program or to schedule an appointment, contact us at 310-378-2234, Ext. 305.