Everyone has a pelvis, so just about every BODY could benefit from better pelvic health.
Your pelvis serves many important functions. As the center connection point between your upper and lower body, it is core to the way you move, breathe, and regulate normal bodily processes like voiding. The pelvis also protects your delicate organs, while anchoring the powerful muscles of your hips, thighs, and abdomen during physical activities.
• Sudden urges to urinate
• Leaking with exercise
• Frequent or painful urination
• Low back pain
• Painful sexual intercourse
• Abdominal pain or weakness
• Pelvic pressure and heaviness
While these symptoms are common, they are not normal and could be a sign of having pelvic floor dysfunction. This is defined as an impaired ability to control (tighten and relax) your pelvic floor muscles. If this sounds like you, click here to get help now.
The pelvic floor is made up of muscles and fascia that form a sling spanning across the bottom of your pelvis. It consists of 14 muscles in people with female genitalia, and 12 muscles in people with male genitalia. All of these muscles, in combination with other “core” muscles, must be functioning properly to ensure a healthy pelvis. Together they support your organs, reinforce upright posture, and help control bladder, bowel, and sexual function.
Just like any other muscle in the body, the pelvic floor muscles can succumb to injury and dysfunction. Also, similar to a torn ACL or a rotator cuff injury, the pelvic floor typically responds very well to strength training or vice versa, to downtraining and relaxation.
Many physical events (injury, surgery, pregnancy, etc.) can disrupt how your pelvis works. Over time, they can even hinder your brain's capacity to switch on the right muscles, at the right time, and with the right amount of strength. Known as neuromuscular deactivation, this process tends to pull you out of balance and into a vicious cycle of pain, weakness and dysfunction.
Pelvic health is typically not a big part of a physical therapist’s education. It is a specialization requiring much further study, training and practice following graduation.
Activcore physical therapists are uniquely qualified to assess and treat pelvic floor dysfunction. They go beyond the pelvic floor and look at the whole body. Equipped with the Redcord suspension system and other industry leading tools, they are specially trained to optimize how your mind and pelvis work together so that you can regain control of your body.
You’re never just a number at Activcore. You will have your own dedicated pelvic health physical therapist (not an aide) by your side throughout every session.
In a private office setting, your physical therapist will perform a comprehensive physical exam and movement screen to help determine the underlying root cause of your pelvic health condition. Together, you and your provider will then develop and commit to a plan of care tailored to your individual needs, lifestyle and goals.
You will feel the Activcore difference from your first visit. This is a highly personalized experience applying the latest breakthrough techniques in pelvic health, such as pelvic floor muscle retraining, trigger point dry needling, manual therapy (myofascial release), neuromuscular activation, Pilates, and biofeedback. You will also receive a home exercise program customized just for you. Once your pain has been addressed, you will have the opportunity to continue honing your movement through ongoing performance training at Activcore.
Learn about our 3-step recovery process for optimal movement health & pelvic health.
• Abdominal pain
• Anorectal dysfunction
• Bladder and bowel issues
• Diastasis recti
• Ejaculatory dysfunction
• Erectile dysfunction
• Gastrointestinal (GI) issues
• Interstitial cystitis
• Low back pain / tailbone pain
• Overactive bladder syndrome
• Painful bladder syndrome
• Pain with sexual intercourse
• Pelvic floor dysfunction
• Pelvic organ prolapse
• Prenatal / Pregnancy
• Prostate cancer
• Pudendal neuralgia
• Sexual dysfunction
• Surgery (abdominal/pelvic)
• Urinary frequency
• Urinary incontinence
• Weak core muscles
"I have been going to Activcore for the past month and I could not be happier with my results. Post-pregnancy I had been suffering from upper and lower back pain and pelvic floor dysfunctions which I was told post-delivery would resolve; which it did not. Since starting Activcore, my back pain has resolved and I have made significant gains in my core and overall upper and lower body strength. I have to say at first I was skeptical because I have many friends, who even years after pregnancy, still suffer from post-pregnancy problems. Within a few visits I could feel the difference and I have been able to carry over what I learned into my workout routine; which I can now perform pain free and some of the movements have become easier. I highly recommend them."
- Activcore client