What is Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation?
Pelvic rloor rehabilitation (PFR) describes an approach to improving the strength and fuinction of the muscles that support your bladder, urethra, and other organs within the pelvis.
A group of muscles stretch from the pubic bone to the tailbone creating the "floor" of the pelvis. The urethra, vagina, and anus pass through small openings in this muscle group. These muscles help maintain pressure within the urethra, which in turn prevents urine leakage. They can be damaged or lose strength and tone due to aging, childbirth, surgery, illness or other conditions. Strengthening these muscles may alleviate the contractions associated with overactive bladder and help keep the bladder, uterus and rectum in their proper positions.
When you come to our office for PFR, your provider will work with you to determine your starting tone and strength. They may use Kegel exercises, biofeedback, and mild electrical stimulation (similar to a TENS unit) to help strengthen and relax the muscles in the pelvic floor. They will then develop an individualized program to help you build strength and improve pelvic floor function over the course of several weeks.