Once you've been diagnosed with pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) you'll find yourself with a physical therapy appointment you might not be too excited about. While PFD is a common condition in both men and women, it is not a widely talked about ailment and can leave those diagnosed hesitant about their upcoming pt appointment. While PFD can range from incontinence to constipation to pain during sex, you can still expect a few simple things from your physical therapist regardless of your specific diagnosis.
Your therapist might integrate biofeedback into your treatment plan, such as in cases of constipation or fecal incontinence. Biofeedback is the important process of re-training a system of muscles and nerves that normally function automatically to respond to mental triggers instead. Through the use of sensors and mental exercises you will work with your pt to re-train your pelvic floor functions.
Something as seemingly simple as postural education can also be just the trick you need to relieve pain and other issues related to pelvic floor dysfunction. Your therapist will be an important partner in assessing your habitual movement and the negative effects your everyday posture might be having on your body. They'll then be able to help you make effective and necessary changes through postural education.
Also prepare yourself for some manual soft tissue massage on the pelvic floor muscles and surrounding areas. While it may seem daunting to think you'll be working this closely with your physical therapist, it will be a much bigger relief to finally start living without the pain and discomfort of pelvic floor dysfunctions.