Pelvis and Pelvic Floor Muscles Top Down View. Original Source: https://www.kenhub.com/en/library/anatomy/muscles-of-the-pelvic-floor
Common Conditions Treated
Weak pelvic floor muscles may be the reason you suffer from Low Back Pain. When we think of our body’s core muscles, we normally imagine pronounced six-pack abs. Our core is much more than this, though. The best way to imagine our body’s core is by visualizing it as a cylinder – our abs only make up one side (front) of our core. The other muscles involved are our transversus abdominis which wraps around our organs (like a natural corset), our diaphragm which sits right below our rib cage and assists our lungs to take in air and breathe, our back muscles which include the erector spinae and longissimus thoracis, our oblique muscles (sides), and last but not least, our pelvic floor muscles which make up the “bottom of the cylinder.” Our core muscles play a crucial part in holding our organs in the right place and work together to help us move and carry out our daily activities. Our pelvic floor muscles are no different. When they become weak, other muscles – in this case your lower back, have to pick up the slack and become overworked. Unfortunately, many medical doctors neglect the role of the pelvic floor as it is not entirely understood. Luckily, there has been a large push in the world of physical therapy and women’s health to raise awareness of the importance of the pelvic floor and the therapies available to correct any dysfunctions. If you currently suffer from unexplainable back pain and feel like you’ve run out of solutions or options, we strongly encourage you to see our pelvic floor therapist, Irene Hernandez, DPT for an evaluation.
Pubis Symphysis Dysfunction (SPD)
A woman’s body experiences a lot of trauma during childbirth. Luckily, there are a number of issues that pelvic floor therapy can address postpartum.
Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (Separated Abdominal Muscles)
During pregnancy, your body releases hormones to allow your abdominal muscles to stretch to make more room for your developing baby. In some cases, your abdominal muscles may split down the middle and become separated. Re-training and strengthening of the abdominal wall are very important postpartum as it plays a big role in the voluntary control of urine and feces. Leakage can occur when the rectus abdominis is weak. Our physical therapists can help you during and after pregnancy can help strengthen your abs and prevent diastasis recti.
Our Pre & Post Partum Rehab Locations
Park Sports Physical Therapy142 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY 11215(718) 398-8800
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