Pelvic Floor Foundation
Written by Allison Moore, OTR/L, Pelvic Floor Specialist
Although hypermobility can be a fun party trick when a hand or thumb is involved, other areas of the body do not have such a carefree response. Hypermobility in the pelvic region results from loose ligaments and low tone or weakness in pelvic and core musculature.
Some common diagnoses that may result in low tone include Ehler Danlos Syndrome (EDS), downs syndrome, and cerebral palsy. Postpartum may result in need for strengthening with potential for tear and stretching of ligaments during the pregnancy and birthing process.
Why is stability important?
Just like a strong foundation is important in a home, your body requires stability in your pelvic floor muscles. When storms arise, a stable foundation withholds. During athletic and leisure activities, weakness in your pelvic floor allows leakage.
And you feel a loss of control.
How many women following the birth of one, or many children, have incontinence during recreational activities and believe that is normal?
How many men and women diagnosed with EDS are unable to sit to drive 10 minutes to the store?
You do not need to live this way.
These specific cases may not apply to you, and there is not always a condition that precedes low tone and weakness. If you notice incontinence (yes, even just a couple dribbles before you make it to the toilet), or frequent urination, then you may benefit from a stabilization program.
A common area of complaint with weakness and decreased tension in pelvic ligaments is pain when sitting due to an increase in pressure from internal organs. Improving tolerance for seated tasks may take time, but we understand the importance for daily function considering eating, driving, and working.
If you are experiencing a heavy weight or “falling out” feeling in the pelvic girdle along with back pain, then it is important that you seek occupational therapy services as these symptoms can indicate potential for greater harm.
Treatment will be based on individual patients but will include a stability program to improve the strength of muscles with exercise.
Core strength is closely linked to pelvic floor stability and will be addressed in your individualized home program. If you are feeling a loss of control then don’t wait, ask your doctor if you would benefit from occupational or physical therapy!
Contact your local OT or PT at Optimal Therapy to build a plan and take back control of your life today.
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Allison Moore works at Optimal Therapy an Affiliated Company in Northwest Las Vegas located on Cheyenne.
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Occupational Therapist Allison Moore applies midwest values of trustworthiness, honesty, and empathy to her practice treating you as neighbors. Allison strives to understand the full implications of yours or your family members injury, pain, or developmental delays. She continues to go above and beyond to provide the best care possible for everyone she has the pleasure to treat.
Allison grew up in an active family and maintains that lifestyle through running, biking, climbing, and practicing yoga. While she may share stories about her parents or siblings, she is also sure to listen to yours and understands the importance of building a meaningful clinician-client relationship.
Allison received her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Iowa State University. She then took her knowledge to A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ to continue her pursuit towards becoming an occupational therapist. In school, she took interest in the neurological and pediatric populations and discovered a new found love for pelvic floor health.