Exercises for Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

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One of my favorite things about this job is that I learn about IBS not just from reading journals, but from the great information sent to me from generous readers. Some time ago, I had published a blog announcing an article written by Marguerite Ogle, Guide to Pilates: "Exercises to Strengthen the Pelvic Floor". What I have since learned is that when it comes to treating pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD), what is needed is to stretch the pelvic floor muscles, not strengthen them.

What I have also learned is that there are many physical therapists who specialize in this kind of work. They use manual therapy techniques, in addition to things like biofeedback and relaxation exercises, to help to relax and retrain the pelvic floor muscles. These services are typically covered by insurance. If you think that your bowel or bladder trouble may be related to PFD, this is certainly an avenue to pursue. The following article, written by Brett Sears, About.com Guide to Physical Therapy, will help you to find an appropriate therapist:

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