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What is the Pelvic Floor?
The pelvic floor is made up of muscles and other tissues that form a sling from the
pubic bone to the tailbone. It helps to support the weight of the abdominal and
pelvic organs and to control bladder and bowel activity. Over time, these muscles
can be become weak, over-stretched, or spasm, leading to dysfunctional habits and
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Millions of children suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction and may not get the help they need. Having a child experience difficulty with bowel/bladder control can be an emotional situation for both the child and the parent. This can lead to feelings of shame and embarrassment, which may sometimes lead to behavioral changes.
But you’re not alone…
- 20% of pediatrician visits are for incontinence problems
- 15% of visits to gastrointestinal doctors are for lower-bowel dysfunction
- 3% of visits to pediatricians are for constipation 5 million youngsters complain of nocturnal enuresis (nighttime bedwetting)
Could your child benefit?
Here is a list of common conditions pelvic floor therapy can address:
- Enuresis (urinary incontinence)
- Chronic constipation, diarrhea with/without soiling/staining
- Encopresis (bowel incontinence and/or inability to empty bowels)
- Fecal urgency/frequency
- Urinary urgency/frequency
- Painful urination or defecation
- Urinary retention
- Vesicoureteral reflux
- Excessive gas
- Abdominal bloating and/or pain
What to Expect
Pelvic floor therapy is a completely non-invasive approach that can help your child gain control and independence with bowel and bladder function. We use a team approach, including input from the referring physician, the parents/caregivers, the
child and the physical therapist. It is imperative that the child and parent feel
comfortable, respected, and supported in this therapy process.
Your initial evaluation will include a review of current bowel/bladder function, review of health history, and a physical examination of the muscles in the abdomen, pelvis, and legs.
Treatment sessions will include biofeedback, muscle strengthening and/or stretching, muscle relaxation techniques, behavioral and diet modification, elimination diaries, soft tissue mobilization, myofasical release, deep tissue massage, and a home exercise program. All treatment includes a parent or parent-authorized caregiver to be present with the child and therapist for the entirety of the session.
Please contact us if interested!