Pelvic Floor Therapy: 3 Things You May Not Know | Tampa Doula Tips

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Have you ever considered Pelvic Floor Therapy as part of your birth plan?  Today we’ll be looking into one of the best spots for pelvic floor therapy in Tampa!

What is a pelvic floor therapist? 

We have spoken to clients who thought that their bodies were broken from unique symptoms in the pelvic area – until we mentioned pelvic floor therapy.  A Pelvic Floor Therapist – also known as a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist – helps with issues such as bowel and bladder control. Most pelvic floor therapists have a background in physical therapy, with a specialized focus in pelvic floor muscle group. 

We recently sat with Andrea Yarborough of Down There Docs who shed some light on what pelvic floor therapy could help with. She mentioned that 95% of people with lower back pain have pelvic floor dysfunction. Some things that Andrea and her team treat include: incontinence (no matter how little), pelvic floor prolapse, gas incontinence, diastasis recti, the mom pooch, and pelvic pain.

New to Pelvic Floor Therapy? Here are three things you may not know about this valuable service!

  1. Ever leak a little when you laugh or sneeze?  

It is normal to have a little leakage when you work out, sneeze, during pregnancy, or even when you laugh. Treatment with a Pelvic Floor Therapist can contribute to having these episodes end. Andrea mentions how many people often have urge incontinence (when you have a hard time making it to the bathroom) and how easy it is to treat after identifying the root cause.

Incontinence products and feminine pads are not the long term solution. If you are having episodes of peeing during exercise or when lifting a baby or an item, a consult with Andrea can identify the root cause and after several sessions, this can be resolved. 

  1. Use a Pelvic Floor Therapist During Pregnancy!

Many people believe that the time to start seeing a Pelvic Floor Therapist is during the postpartum period, but starting this relationship during pregnancy truly helps not only for comfort during pregnancy, but also results in a better postpartum period. When you see your Pelvic Floor Therapist during pregnancy, you are preparing the body for birth. 

  1. Pelvic pain is not normal.

If you are experiencing pain during intercourse or when wearing a tampon or even just sitting there, there is help for you. You don’t just have to power through it! Andrea mentions there are trigger points or knots in the pelvic area. When there is a lack of alignment, this can also cause pain, and you don’t need to tough it out. Pelvic Floor Therapy can assist in identifying the root cause and help you to live a comfortable life, as well as experience enjoyable sex.

Reach out to Andrea from Down There Docs to schedule a consultation, which can be done in the comfort of your own home!

Pelvic Floor Therapy: 3 Things You May Not Know

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