Hill Country Pelvic Health

WHAT IS PELVIC FLOOR DYSFUNCTION?

Pelvic health is something most of us know very little about. The group of muscles in the pelvic area make up the pelvic floor. Similar to a sling, our pelvic muscles support the bladder, uterus and the rectum.


Bowel and bladder movements are controlled when we contract and relax the pelvic muscles. When the muscles, ligaments and connective tissue that support pelvic organs don’t work as they should, this can lead to symptoms like: 


  • Frequent urination or an urgent need to go to the bathroom 

  • Urinary leakage 

  • Constipation 

  • Bowel incontinence 

  • Pain during intercourse 

  • Pelvic pain or pressure 

  • Postpartum issues

  • Tailbone, lower back, or hip pain

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ARE PELVIC FLOOR DYSFUNCTIONS COMMON?

Yes! At least 1/3 of all women (and half of women over age 55) will experience a pelvic floor disorder. This condition affects not only older women; it can also occur at any age as well as within the younger female population and athletes. If you or someone you love struggle with pelvic pain or the symptoms listed above, call us at 830.428.3044

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HOW CAN PHYSICAL THERAPY HELP?

Pelvic floor disorders are common but that does not make them normal!  You don’t have to live with the symptoms. Angie Nesrsta is a physical therapist specialty trained in pelvic floor disorders. She will help patients identify the problem with their pelvic floor and develop a customized treatment plan to correct the issue. 


Pelvic floor therapy is a non-surgical solution that may include: 

  • Exercises to identify and strengthen the pelvic floor  

  • Core strengthening exercises 

  • Soft tissue mobilization and myofascial release to address muscle imbalance 

  • Joint mobilization 

  • Relaxation techniques 

  • Self-care education including diet and lifestyle changes that can help improve symptoms.

  • Biofeedback techniques to improve muscle contraction and relaxation 

  • Electrical stimulation to improve awareness and strengthen muscles 

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