By Riva Preil
Thanks to the help of Dean Marie Dolla, I had the pleasure of presenting a talk about pelvic floor physical therapy at Plaza College yesterday. The goal of the presentation was to educate young women about the prevalence, signs, symptoms, and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction.
Unfortunately, many women are unaware of the existence of pelvic floor physical therapy (or even of their pelvic floors altogether)! When asked about my job, I respond that I am a pelvic floor physical therapist. The follow up question I expect to receive (and almost always do) is “What is that?”
Many of us function on autopilot- when our bodies function as we expect them to, we don’t think twice. We go about our business and don’t give too much thought to our bowel and bladder function. However, if, for whatever reason, the pelvic floor muscles cease to operate in the smooth manner that we often take for granted, symptoms such as urinary frequency, urgency, incontinence, constipation, and/or pelvic pain may develop.
Very often, these symptoms are associated with MUSCULOSKELETAL dysfunction in the pelvic floor. When this is the case, pelvic floor physical therapy can help alleviate the aforementioned symptoms. That was the goal of my talk–to raise awareness amongst a population of individuals who may be suffering in silence. I am passionate about my job and strongly believe that is important to EDUCATE women about their bodies and their health so that they can pursue avenues directed towards improvement. I long for the day when I will not have to explain my job to new people that I meet, because they will already know what pelvic floor physical therapy is. By educating the 25 of women at Plaza College, I have taken another step along that journey.