Pelvic Floor & Incontinence Rehabilitation
Treatment of Bladder Control Problems
The Torrance Memorial Pelvic Floor program is a non-surgical answer to pelvic pain and 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.
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.
A doctor’s referral is required. Many insurance carriers require pre-authorization for outpatient physical therapy.
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!