Last October, our article on urinary incontinence and What Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz Can Teach Us received a lot of response. There are over 33 million Americans who suffer from overactive bladder (OAB), that live with difficult symptoms every day.
There are many causes of OAB. You should be seen by a medical professional to determine your individual case. For those who are diagnosed with Pelvic Floor Disorder, the good news is you may be helped through physical therapy pelvic floor exercises.
What is Pelvic Floor Disorder?
Both men and women have a pelvic floor. In women, the pelvic floor is the muscles, ligaments, connective tissues and nerves that support the bladder, uterus, vagina and rectum and help these pelvic organs function. In men, the pelvic floor includes the muscles, tissues and nerves that support the bladder, rectum and other pelvic organs.
For many people, particularly women, the pelvic floor does not work as well as it should. Almost one-quarter of women face pelvic floor disorders, according to a study funded the National Institutes of Health..
How Can Physical Therapy Help?
Physical Therapy focuses on exercises for good bladder and bowel control and to regain normal muscle tone and strength, posture and back care, and problems with joints and muscles.
We have found one particularly good website, Physiotherapy New Zealand with a lot of information about pelvic floor disorders, including several exercise videos and downloadable guides. As always, please check with your medical provider to see if these exercises may help you:
Watch this video from our Dorothy article, Video – How to do Pelvic Floor Exercises
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