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What is a Hypertonic Pelvic Floor and How Can we Fix it?

Hypertonic Pelvic Floor

Hypertonicity, also known as pelvic floor muscle tension, is a condition in which the muscles of the pelvic floor become overly tight and unable to relax properly. This can cause a variety of symptoms, including pain, discomfort, and incontinence. In this blog, we will explore the common symptoms of hypertonicity in the pelvic floor muscles and how pelvic floor physical therapy at Total Performance Physical Therapy in HorshamNorth WalesEast NorritonHarleysville, and Hatfield, PA  can help.

Symptoms of Hypertonicity in the Pelvic Floor Muscles

Pain and Discomfort: Hypertonicity can cause pain and discomfort in the pelvic region, including the genitals, anus, and lower back. Pain may be sharp, shooting, or throbbing and may worsen during sexual activity or bowel movements.

Urinary Incontinence: Hypertonicity can interfere with normal bladder function, causing urgency, frequency, and incontinence. This can result in leaking urine during physical activity, sneezing, or coughing.

Constipation: Hypertonicity can cause difficulty passing stool, straining during bowel movements, and incomplete emptying of the bowels.

Painful Intercourse: Hypertonicity can make sexual activity painful or uncomfortable, leading to decreased desire and enjoyment.

How Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Can Help

Pelvic floor physical therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy that focuses on the muscles, ligaments, and tissues that support the pelvic organs. It can be effective in treating hypertonicity in the pelvic floor muscles by helping to reduce tension, improve muscle function, and alleviate symptoms.

Muscle Relaxation: Pelvic floor physical therapy can teach relaxation techniques such as diaphragmatic breathing, which can help reduce muscle tension in the pelvic floor muscles.
Strengthening Exercises: Hypertonicity can weaken the pelvic floor muscles over time. Pelvic floor physical therapy can provide exercises to help strengthen these muscles, improving their function and reducing the risk of incontinence.

Manual Therapy: Physical therapists may use manual therapy techniques, such as myofascial release, to help release tension in the pelvic floor muscles.

Education: Pelvic floor physical therapists can provide education on proper toileting habits, body mechanics, and other lifestyle modifications to help reduce symptoms and prevent future episodes of hypertonicity.

In Conclusion

Hypertonicity in the pelvic floor muscles can cause a range of uncomfortable and painful symptoms. Pelvic floor physical therapy is a non-invasive and effective treatment option for hypertonicity that can help reduce tension, improve muscle function, and alleviate symptoms. If you are experiencing symptoms of hypertonicity in the pelvic floor muscles, speak to a trained physical therapist at Total Performance Physical Therapy in HorshamNorth WalesEast NorritonHarleysville, and Hatfield, PA about incorporating pelvic floor physical therapy into your treatment plan.

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