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Did you know that the pelvic floor is one of the most important muscles in your body? It plays a role in almost everything that we do, from walking and running to having bowel movements and sexual intercourse. 

Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the importance of pelvic health until they experience problems with their pelvic floor. If you are experiencing pain or dysfunction in this area, it is important to seek help from a pelvic floor physical therapist.

Importance Of Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

Pelvic floor physical therapy can help treat a variety of conditions, including pelvic floor pain, constipation, and urinary incontinence. Physical therapists are experts in helping people regain function and relief from these conditions. In most cases, pelvic floor physical therapy is an outpatient treatment that does not require surgery or medication.


Here are some of the symptoms of pelvic floor problems. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please consider talking to your doctor about pelvic floor physical therapy:

  • Pelvic Floor Pain

  • Difficulty Having A Bowel Movement Or Passing Gas

  • Urgency To Urinate Or Difficulty Holding Urine

  • Leakage Of Urine During Exercise Or Coughing

  • Feeling Like You Have To Constantly Support Your Pelvic Muscles

  • Painful Intercourse

The pelvic floor is an important part of your body, and it deserves to be treated with care. If you are experiencing any problems in this area, please don’t hesitate to seek help from a pelvic floor physical therapist. Your pelvic health is worth it!

Great Northern Physical Therapy in Bozeman, MT

We’re committed to leading the way to good health. If you have pelvic floor dysfunction and constipation, a physical therapy can help improve your quality of life and relieve pain and dysfunction. Don’t suffer in silence–our pelvic floor physical therapy can help you! 

We combine clinical expertise with an unparalleled focus on customer service to provide our clients with excellent service and experience. 

If you have any further questions about pelvic floor physical therapy or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us in Bozeman, MT. We would be happy to help you on your journey to better pelvic health!

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Breathing and Your Pelvic Floor

The pelvic floor is certainly a hot topic of conversation for many men and women. Specifically, people begin to focus on their pelvic floor when they are having incontinence, urgency/frequency, prolapse, or pain associated with going to the bathroom or having sex. These are all issues related to pelvic floor dysfunction. But, what many don’t realize, is that your pelvic floor is also integral in one of our most basic functions: breath.

The diaphragm, our respiratory muscle, is located at the bottom of the ribcage. At rest, the diaphragm is a domelike shape, and with inhalation the diaphragm muscle contracts and drops downward toward your pelvis. This downward motion is followed by a shifting downward of internal organs, into the pelvic bowl. The pelvic floor muscles and fascia make up the bottom of the pelvic bowl. So, with this downward force during inhalation, the pelvic floor muscles also descend or stretch slightly downward. Immediately following inhalation and pelvic floor descent, is exhalation, and similarly, the pelvic floor follows the diaphragm as it rises upward to a resting position. This synchronous rising and falling of the diaphragm and pelvic floor is often referred to as the “piston effect”.

Not to be left out, the lower abdominal muscles (transverse abdominis) also contribute to this synchronous movement pattern. Working together by relaxing and stretching with inhalation and a “belly breath”, and tightening and drawing inward slightly with exhalation. In this way, the diaphragm, abdominals, and pelvic floor make up an abdominal cylinder that modulates intra-abdominal forces and pressure changes.

When this cylinder isn’t coordinating well together, or if there is tightness or weakness within the system, we see common musculoskeletal complaints: low back pain, SIJ pain, poor stability through the back and pelvis, hip pain, pelvic pain, incontinence, urgency/frequency of urine or stool, prolapse, poor posture, balance issues, and intolerance to exercise.

Our pelvic floor physical therapists can help evaluate these movement patterns and coordination of these systems, and create a treatment approach specific to you and your individual challenges.

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