One of the most essential aspects of any pelvic health or pain management program is learning about the issues affecting you. This is important because lifestyle changes and home exercises help support the treatment visits and will help you manage your symptoms independently once treatment is complete.
Education Gives Faster, Longer Lasting Results
With thorough patient education, you can expect faster and longer lasting results. Understanding what’s going in your body will help you live a healthier, fuller life. If you better understand what’s causing your pelvic dysfunction, you can also learn strategies to reduce it, no matter how long you have been living with pelvic floor dysfunction or pain.
Combination Treatment Programs
Our goal is for you to live free of pain. To achieve this, a combination treatment of different techniques and approaches might be necessary. Sometimes, treatment needs to be changed and readjusted as your treatment progresses. This will ensure that you are getting the most out of the treatment plan and that you can progress faster towards your goal of living symptom-free.
Your treatment program will vary depending on your initial assessment and what you need to focus on first for improvement. Some things that might be included:
- Instruction on how to properly perform Kegel exercises, which help strengthen pelvic floor muscles
- Learning stretching exercises to help release tight pelvic floor muscles
- Helping you learn how to implement a lifelong program to maintain the health and fitness of your pelvis
- Proper relaxation techniques and rest positions for the pelvic muscles.
- Teaching you trigger point release techniques so you can help ease tight muscles at home
- A home exercise program tailored to your needs
- Correction of posture and body mechanics that may contribute to your condition
- Patient education on healthy toileting habits, bladder irritants, and other lifestyle changes to reduce symptoms
- Biofeedback training to help you learn to correctly tighten and relax the pelvic floor muscles.
Treatment sessions are 45 minutes long, and the plan of care usually requires between 2 and 10 visits. Patients receive individual, personalized attention and treatment and are given the tools they need to continue treatment and manage their symptoms independently at home.
The length and type of treatments you need will depend on the complexity of your case. This is why it’s so important that you are open and willing to discuss your issues during your initial meeting and during every visit. If you don’t see progress or if something is bothering you, always put it into words. Sometimes a simple change or the addition of a new exercise can make a world of difference.
Lifestyle and Behavioral Changes
Aside from learning exercises to strengthen or relax the pelvic floor muscles, your doctor will also discuss other things that might be causing pelvic pain, such as certain drinks or foods that could be irritants, activities or postures that can lead to pain, and how stress and tension can impact your progress. If you need help with behavioral changes, this can be discussed as well. Some patients find that biofeedback is a great tool to help them learn more about their bodies and how to properly relax pelvic muscle tension.
Always remember that the ultimate goal at Grace Physical Therapy & Pelvic Health in North Carolina is to help you heal so you can enjoy life again without worrying about pain and discomfort. We are committed to partnering with you to make that happen.