A pelvic floor is a distinct group of muscles located in your pelvic area. These muscles help the organs in your pelvis area almost like a sling. The organs in this region consisting of the bladder, prostate (men), uterus (women), and rectum (the region at the end of the large intestine). By relaxing and contracting these muscles, you regulate your bladder and bowel movements.
When you are incapable of regulating the muscles around your pelvic floor to initiate a bowel movement, it is known as Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. People affected with Pelvic Floor Dysfunction constrict these muscles rather than relaxing them. As a result of this, they cannot go through a bowel movement, or they have an inconsistent movement.
The reason for it is still unclear.
Considering the number of women who suffer from it, you might think doctors have a clue into what exactly manifests PFD. Think again. Science is still trying to decipher a specific reason of the disorder. While one common notion is that it’s the outcome of childbirth or pregnancy, but that doesn’t really define any risk for coming in contact PFD. The reasons it can manifest are any traumatic injury or even poor posture. Plus, female athletes often complain of signs connected with PFD, like Urinary Incontinence, but the cause is still not known.
There are ways to treat it—and physical therapy is one of them.
Getting diagnosed with the condition doesn’t necessarily make one vulnerable to a lifetime of pain. While medicine can help ease the pain, physical therapy tends to be the most effective treatment. The nonsurgical method allows an improvement for the majority of patients who try it. Physical therapy conducted by a physical therapist can be extremely effective. While the pelvic muscles are the focal point of this treatment, other muscles can be responsible for the pain as well, so there’s more to this than meets the eye.
No, you are not crazy for assuming there is something wrong.
People mistakenly shrug off signs that are often accompanied by PFD, like Urinary Incontinence, as ‘usual’ effects of having babies and growing older. It can be common, but should not be perceived as normal.
So, if you suspect you’re one of these women, spare yourself years of agony and head to a doctor or therapist.