Success stories from Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy in New York City: Mark overcomes pelvic floor issues after completing a course of acupuncture

Mark came in to Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy in New York City after experiencing symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction.  He complained of urinary frequency, tension in his pelvis, pain when sitting, and tightness in his buttocks.  He explained that he had suffered a tailbone injury in college and believed it was the event that led to the onset of his symptoms.  Mark also reported that stress, as well as a lack of sleep, both seemed to make his symptoms worse.

After learning of Mark’s injury history and set of symptoms, his therapist performed a full-scale evaluation to gather a clearer understanding of what was bothering him.  When palpation was performed—in which the therapist examined the size, shape, and other features of various body parts with touch—it was found that Mark had a lot of sensitivity and tightness in pelvic floor muscles, abdominal muscles, lower back muscles, buttocks, and hamstrings.  Palpation in the pelvic area also brought on symptoms of an urge to urinate.  Mark’s tailbone was shifted and sensitive to touch, and his pelvis was shifted as well.

Before beginning treatment, Mark stated that his primary goals were to reduce discomfort with sitting, reduce his urge to urinate, and alleviate some of tightness and pain.  Based on Mark’s condition, it was decided that acupuncture would be the most appropriate treatment to help him accomplish his goals.

A total of 14 acupuncture and cupping treatments were provided to address Mark’s symptoms. It was also found that Mark had a habitual pattern of clenching his buttocks when he was stressed, and when he became aware of the behavior, he started to work on eliminating the habit.  Mark was also advised to do yoga that specifically targeted the pelvic floor five times a week.  Finally, he was instructed to keep a food journal, and together, we worked through it to help him eliminate inflammatory foods from his diet.

After completing acupuncture, Mark reported that he no longer experienced pain with sitting.  His urinary urgency now only occurs occasionally, when he is very stressed or drinks too much coffee, and he no longer feels any pain or sensitivity around his tailbone.

Mark had the following to say about his treatment experience with us: “Thank you for making me feel so comfortable and allowing me to open up about my symptoms.  I am very happy to be pain-free and thank you for showing me how much lifestyle can have an impact on health.”

Experience similar results at Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy in New York City

Mark’s story shows that some physical issues may somewhat uncomfortable to bring up to a healthcare provider, but once they are shared with us, we can always find the best solution to address them.  We wish Mark continued success in the future, and encourage any of you dealing with physical ailments of your own to visit us at Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy in New York City to get started on a clear path to recovery. Contact us at 212-317-8303 to schedule an appointment today, or click hereto read our last blog on pelvic floor dysfunction.

A comprehensive physical therapy treatment program is the best way to address pelvic floor dysfunction in New York City

Many common physical ailments—like sprained ankles and low back pain, for example—can usually be discussed with a healthcare provider and addressed without much pause.  But other health issues are a bit more personal, and as a result, aren’t always easy to bring up to your doctor.  One condition that usually falls in the second category is pelvic floor dysfunction in New York City, which is more common that you probably think.  Fortunately, our physical therapists see patients with this complaint often, and we can offer an effective, comprehensive program to address it.

Approximately one in five individuals in the U.S. suffers from some form of pelvic floor dysfunction at some point in their life, but the problem is not always addressed due to its personal nature.  This means that millions of Americans are currently dealing with pelvic floor-related symptoms, and many are simply living with the pain and discomfort because they may not entirely understand what’s wrong or how to fix it.

The pelvic floor is made up of muscles and other tissues that form a “sling” from the pubic bone to the tailbone.  These structures assist in supporting the abdominal and pelvic organs, and help to control the bladder, bowels, and sexual activity.  While most people think of the core muscles as the abdominal and perhaps the lower back muscles, the pelvic floor is another major group that will affect the rest of the body.  Good pelvic stability will have a positive effect on spinal alignment, knee stability, hip function, and many other areas of the body, while poor stability can throw the entire system out of whack.

Pelvic floor dysfunction refers to a wide range of problems that occur when these pelvic floor muscles are weak or tight, or if there’s an impairment of the lower back and/or hips.  In these cases, the tissues surrounding the pelvic organs may have increased or decreased sensitivity, or there may be some irritation, which can result in a variety of symptoms.  Pelvic floor dysfunction may be due to pregnancy or childbirth-related issues, poor posture from low back or hip pain, direct trauma, or surgery, or in many cases the cause is unknown.  Symptoms and potential complications may include:

  • Pain in the lower back that is unrelated to other causes
  • Ongoing pain in the pelvic region, genitals, or rectum with or without a bowel movement
  • Painful urination
  • Constipation
  • Pain during sexual activity (for both males and females)
  • Leakage of stool or urine during exercise or exertion
  • Tailbone pain
  • Nerve pain in the pelvic region
  • Infertility/reproductive issues
  • Abdominal surgery
  • Cancers of the pelvic region 

Typical physical therapy protocol for pelvic floor dysfunction in New York City

Pelvic floor dysfunction in New York City can be a complex issue that requires the care of experts who are familiar with its many possible nuances.  Our physical therapists and acupuncturist see patients with pelvic floor issues frequently, and we are committed to identifying the source of the symptoms and then developing a personalized and comprehensive treatment program that addresses them.  Each program is unique and depends on the patient’s evaluation, but most will include the following components:

  • Pelvic floor strengthening exercises
  • Manual therapy
  • Posture retraining and education
  • Transcutaneous electrical stimulation (TENS)
  • Biofeedback
  • Myofascial release

So if you’re dealing with symptoms that may be related to pelvic floor dysfunction in New York City but are no sure what to do about it, we are here to help. Contact Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy at 212-317-8303 to schedule an appointment today, or click herefor more information on pelvic floor dysfunction.