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Parker Women’s Health: What You Need to Know About Pelvic Physical Therapy

March 7, 2018

If you are a female concerned about women’s health in Parker because you are experiencing issues such as pelvic pain, uterine prolapse, incontinence, or anything else involving the pelvic area, we invite you to call Peak Physical Therapy & Wellness. Our experts would be happy to provide you with a pelvic health physical therapy evaluation.

You don’t have to suffer with these often painful and always inconvenient issues. Many of these problems can be fixed quite easily, and you can get back to living a normal life again. Give us a call if you are experiencing any of these problems.


This disorder, in which the cells that form the endometrial lining of the uterus grow outside of the uterus, affects millions of women in the United States. There can be a lot of pain associated with endometriosis, including painful urination and painful intercourse.

Pelvic physical therapy can help when the therapists manipulates the organs affected by hand. This manual work can improve tissue mobility and increase circulation to the areas. A pelvic physical therapist can also offer suggestions for general diet and exercise.


Hernias happen to both men and women, and often it is a physical activity, such as moving or lifting something heavy, that makes people aware of the hernia. It is generally unknown whether the activity caused the hernia or just caused it to become symptomatic. Early diagnosis of a hernia means patients are treated more quickly. (Want to learn more about hernias? Read this article on everything you need to know about hernias from Columbia University Department of Surgery.)

Urinary Incontinence

This is another condition that also affects both men and women. Women who have experienced childbirth are particularly vulnerable because of issues with the pelvic floor. Physical therapy can help strengthen the muscles located in the pelvic floor. Even patients who have been suffering from urinary incontinence for years can benefit from seeing a physical therapist.

Irritable Bowel

Since the bowel and pelvis are located so closely to one another, it is not surprising that issues of the pelvis could lead to problems with the bowel. Researchers have continued to examine the connection between the two, and have become more inclined to believe there is indeed a connection.

Because of the role of the pelvic floor muscles in coordinating bowel movements and controlling the action of the anal sphincter, problems with these muscles can lead to bowel problems, including irritable bowel syndrome.

Painful Bladder Syndrome

Painful bladder syndrome, also called interstitial cystitis, presents itself in a number of ways, including urinary urgency, constipation, unexplained back pain, and pain during or after intercourse. Patients suffering from this syndrome often have very tight or spasming muscles in the pelvic region. There are trigger points that set off bladder symptoms. Physical therapy can help relax and lengthen tight muscles and release the trigger points, offering patients relief.

Pelvic Floor Muscle Over-Activity

When pelvic floor muscles are overactive, this can cause pain much like having tight neck muscles. But with physical therapy, patients learn techniques to relieve the tight muscle tension.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Pelvic inflammatory disease is a condition wherein the ovaries and fallopian tubes develop an infection. This is usually the result of a sexually transmitted disease. This is a painful condition that can actually be fatal if it is left untreated. Of course, antibiotics are needed immediately to get the infection under control and to keep it from spreading. In addition, physical therapy can be beneficial to help with the pain and to promote healing in the area.

Lower Back Pain

If you are a woman suffering from unexplained lower back pain, it could be because of problems with the pelvic floor. Women who have experienced childbirth are particularly susceptible to unexplained lower back pain occurring as a result of a weakened pelvic floor. Physical therapy can improve muscle strength, relieving back pain and other symptoms.

Post-Surgery Problems

Patients who undergo pelvic or abdominal surgery can benefit from physical therapy in the months immediately following the surgery. Physical therapy can help break up any scar tissue that has formed. It can help patients regain their strength and range of motion. Just as in knee surgery, where physical therapy is mandated, after abdominal surgery, patients who have physical therapy will enjoy an improved range of motion much sooner than without physical therapy.

Postpartum Issues

Having a baby is natural, but it can also be hard on the body. Oftentimes after childbirth, women find that their abdominals are weak because of muscles that have been over-stretched, resulting in lower back pain. Other problems postpartum can include urinary incontinence and painful intercourse. There can also be scarring from a C-section or episiotomy. Sometimes just a few sessions of physical therapy can make all the difference, resolving these problems relatively quickly.

Weak Abdominals or Muscle Separation

During pregnancy, abdominal muscles are put to the test. Sometimes, these muscles not only stretch but they become fully separated. In some people, this condition doesn’t heal properly, resulting in a condition called diastasis recti. The condition leads to a weak core and back pain, not to mention a stubborn postpartum belly that lingers. Physical therapy can often completely heal this condition with a series of core-stabilizing exercises. A physical therapist can also advise patients on the proper core exercises to do; some gym exercises such as crunches, planks, and sit ups can actually be counterproductive when it comes to healing this condition. These should be avoided.

You don’t need to suffer alone. Contact us today to find out more about pelvic physical therapy or any of our other services. We offer TMJ treatment, dry needling, hand therapy, injury risk assessment, kinesio taping, manual therapy, running analysis, and TRX training among others. With offices throughout the Denver metro area, including south Denver, Highlands Ranch, Lowry, Parker, Aurora, and Englewood, you can be sure that one is conveniently located near you. We look forward to working with you and helping you return to a normal, pain-free lifestyle!