As we age, it’s common to lose strength in some of our muscles, and it’s important that you know the best way to exercise each muscle. You may know many exercises for the muscles that you can clearly see become defined, but what about muscles that work on the inside? Your pelvic floor can become weaker with age or after other things like pregnancy. Your physical therapist at Maryland Center for Physical Therapy in Owings Mills, MD, can explain the benefits of pelvic floor therapy to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and ease pelvic floor dysfunction and pain!
The Benefits of Pelvic Floor Therapy
When your pelvic floor muscles are weakened, you might deal with problems like incontinence and prolapse. You may also face issues during sexual intercourse including pain and muscle spasm. Your physical therapist will examine and test you and recommend specific ways to connect with your pelvic floor muscles to either relax them or contract them properly as needed.
Pelvic floor exercises focus on isolating your pelvic floor muscles and avoiding substituting other muscles. You should notice results after a week or two but may need to continue for several weeks or up to two months for maximum benefit.
When you are pregnant, performing these exercises consistently throughout your pregnancy may help make delivery easier and may lower your chances of experiencing incontinence after giving birth.
Call the physical therapists at Maryland Center for Physical Therapy in Owings Mills, MD to learn more about pelvic floor therapy. You can reach them in the office by calling (410) 363-7123, so call today.