A pelvic floor internal exam is a type of physical examination that is performed by a pelvic floor physical therapist to assess the function and health of your pelvic floor muscles. This exam is conducted in a private, comfortable setting and is performed with your informed consent. Typically it involves insertion of a gloved finger into the vagina or rectum to feel the strength, tone, and coordination of the pelvic floor muscles.
The purpose of a pelvic floor internal exam is to identify any areas of weakness, tension and/or dysfunction in the pelvic floor muscles. Based on the results of this exam, I will develop a personalized treatment plan to help you address these issues. Oftentimes I will recommend exercises to improve pelvic floor strength and coordination, manual therapy techniques to release tension and improve muscle function, and education on lifestyle modifications to promote pelvic floor health.
I take a holistic approach by going beyond the pelvic floor to assess your whole body from head to toe. The pelvic floor is influenced heavily by breathing, core and glute strength, and so much more. Equipped with the Redcord suspension system, I am specially trained to help my clients restore deep muscle control from the pelvis out.
Pelvic floor physical therapy may be recommended for a variety of conditions, including urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction, and pregnancy-related conditions. It is provided by a licensed physical therapist who has specialized training in pelvic floor physical therapy.
Overall, a pelvic floor internal exam is a safe and effective way to assess the function and health of the pelvic floor muscles. By identifying any areas of weakness or dysfunction, pelvic floor physical therapists can develop personalized treatment plans to help patients improve their symptoms and achieve optimal pelvic floor health.
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Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are based on the opinion of the author, unless otherwise noted, and should not be taken as personal medical advice. The information provided is intended to help readers make their own informed health and wellness decisions.