What is pelvic floor physical therapy?

  • Posted on: Jan 15 2020
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Pelvic Floor Physical TherapyAt Datta Thomas Gynecology, our professionals offer Harrison, NY area women with solutions for their reproductive health and wellbeing. Dr. Moushumi Shoma Datta-Thomas and her staff are committed to providing a wide range of solutions for women, including those who may benefit from pelvic floor physical therapy.

What is pelvic floor physical therapy?

Dr. Moushumi Shoma Datta-Thomas describes pelvic floor physical therapy as a treatment that involves specific exercises and biofeedback that encourages the strengthening and relaxation of the lower pelvis muscles. A physical therapy uses biofeedback sensors on the patient’s vaginal wall. These are used to measure muscle tone as well as the strength of contractions which may be achieved with Kegel exercises. This allows women to see how their contractions are improving their pelvic floor. Patients are given specific exercises to complete at home, and during physical therapy visits, can use the biofeedback method to see the results of their work. Pelvic floor physical therapy can help in strengthening the pelvic floor to reduce the risk of pelvic organ prolapse, and can help women improve the satisfaction of sexual intercourse.

What pelvic floor exercises might a woman be encouraged to participate in?

The most popular pelvic floor exercise is that of Kegel exercises. This is the tightening and loosening of the muscles in the vaginal area. By squeezing these muscles voluntarily throughout the day, women can experience the strengthening which can improve the support of the pelvic floor muscles while also increasing sensation during sexual intercourse. Many women not only find that they are addressing concerns such as prolapse, but seeing results that help them reach orgasm. These exercises can help in many ways, by improving pregnancy experiences and even urinary incontinence. Patients who may benefit from pelvic floor physical therapy are encouraged to consult with our doctor to determine if patients are a good candidate for this or other services at Datta Thomas Gynecology.

Interested in learning more about pelvic floor physical therapy?

Contact Dr. Moushumi Shoma Datta-Thomas and her team at Datta Thomas Gynecology to discuss your options. The practice is conveniently located in Harrison, NY at 440 Mamaroneck Avenue, and can be reached by phone by calling (914) 630-0391.

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