What is pelvic floor therapy? Would my child benefit?
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles and tissues that form a sling from the pubic bone to the tailbone. Collectively it works to support the weight of the abdominal and pelvic organs and to help control bladder and bowel activity. For varying reasons, these muscles may be weak, over-stretched, uncoordinated, or spasm, leading to dysfunctional habits, pain, and urinary/fecal leakage.
By the age of 4, 90% of children have gained control over their bowel and bladder and have very few accidents. For the remaining 10%, bowel and bladder dysfunction can present many challenges for families and can leave the child with feelings of embarrassment and anxiety.
Millions of children suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction, which can be emotional and stressful for both the child and their grown up. Your child is not alone:
- 20% of visits to the pediatrician are for incontinence issues
- 15% of visits to the gastrointestinal doctor are for lower-bowel dysfunction
- 3% of visits to the pediatrician are for constipation
- 5-7 million children suffer from bedwetting
Wondering if your child could benefit from pelvic floor therapy? Does your child have any of these symptoms? Child is/has:
- Over 5 years old and still wearing pull ups
- Urinary leakage
- Waking up at night to urinate
- Giggle incontinence
- Frequent urination
- Fecal leakage
- Straining to complete bowel movements
- Painful bladder or bowel movements
- Potty training was/is very stressful
If you answered yes to any of these symptoms, pelvic floor therapy may offer solutions to help your child gain control of their bladder and bowels.
Schedule a free consult with our pelvic floor specialist to learn more.