Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
What Is the Pelvic Floor?
The pelvic floor refers to the group of muscles that attach to the bottom of the pelvis and sacrum. These muscles serve to support organs in the lower abdomen such as the bladder, uterus, or prostate. By contracting or relaxing, they also serve to control the bowel and bladder function, and are also involved in sexual intercourse.
What Is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?
Coordinated control of these muscles is necessary for pain-free function. No one knows for sure what causes the dysfunction, but the syndrome presents with a combination of muscles that are either too tense or too relaxed at the “wrong time”.
What are symptoms of PFD?
- Urinary urgency or frequency with hesitancy, pain or a feeling of incomplete emptying
- Straining or pain with bowel movements
- Pain during or after sex
- Painful muscle contractions or spasms in the pelvic floor that can occur anytime
- Otherwise unexplained pain in the low back, pelvis, genitals, or rectum
Pelvic floor dysfunction is a very treatable condition. Traditionally, pelvic floor pain has been addressed with medication, such as muscle relaxants or NSAIDs. These approaches have not proven to be effective.
At Mark Thompson Acutherapy, our approach to treating pelvic floor dysfunction is directed at treating the muscles of the pelvic floor and the muscles in the lower body that cause pain in similar areas. Abdominal muscles, and muscles of the inner thigh and hip, can all refer pain to the same areas as those of the pelvic floor, and in fact may affect the state of the pelvic floor muscles. If pelvic floor dysfunction symptoms began following strenuous activity, muscle strain/overuse can be the cause.
For pelvic floor dysfunction caused by muscle strain or overload, we use needling techniques directed to the dysfunctional muscles of the abdomen, back, thighs, and pelvic floor. For patients diagnosed with interstitial cystitis (IC) or those with pelvic floor dysfunction following vaginal childbirth or traumatic injury, a similar protocol is followed. Many men diagnosed with chronic prostatitis or chronic pelvic pain syndrome can be helped with our approach.
Get Back to Doing What You Love
How can you get your life back as soon as possible? Dr. Mark Thompson, LAc, DPT is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Licensed Acupuncturist, but he doesn’t use just one approach. With over 30 years of practice, he has developed a focused, dedicated treatment approach called Acutherapy that combines a number of evidence-based proven therapies and traditions to help heal your pain and recover faster:
- Acupuncture: drawn from modern biomedical strategies
- Manual therapy: soft tissue work and joint manipulation
- Injury-specific Corrective Exercise
We do not claim to be able to cure underlying illness, but we have treated patients with pelvic pain successfully, and our goal is to help reduce your pain. Treatments are usually a combination of modalities and consist of an hour of one on one care. If you are looking for someone who can treat you as a unique human being, who wants to help you get on with your life and lifestyle, you have found the right practice in Mark Thompson Acutherapy. Call today at 212 974-7240 or request an appointment online now.