About Sexual Dysfunction
Sexual dysfunction is relatively common and can effect people of any age, sex, and gender, yet there continues to be shame, which can inhibit or delay sufferers from seeking treatment. This broad term encompasses many different symptoms and conditions, often causing pain that is so severe, it limits enjoyment of masturbation and sex, or prevents sexual pleasure completely. Possible causes of sexual dysfunction, include psychological and physiological factors such as hormonal changes, stress or depression, certain injuries, previous surgeries, chronic illness, drug or alcohol use, and sexual trauma. While it can be a very distressing thing to experience, luckily there are professionals, including those at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy who can help.
What Does the Pelvic Floor Have to do with Sexual Dysfunction?
The muscles, nerves, connective tissues and skeletal structures of the pelvic floor help to keep us continent, aid in sexual performance and function, and assist in core stability. When some or all of these structures of the pelvic floor are not functioning properly, they can cause a multitude of different symptoms. People who are suffering from bowel, bladder, and or sexual problems, as well as those who are suffering from pain in the pelvis, upper legs, abdomen or buttocks most likely have pelvic floor impairments contributing to their pain.
Issues with the pelvic floor can arise from a multitude of reasons. Infections, previous surgeries, childbirth, postural and lifting problems, and trips and falls can all bring on pelvic floor dysfunction. Pelvic floor pain can persist well after the cause of it has been removed. So it is entirely possible to feel the effects of an old infection, surgery or injury, days to years after it occurred. Anyone who has had long standing abdomino-pelvic pain, or pain that they can't seem to get rid of after seeking the help of medical doctors or other healthcare providers is a good candidate for a pelvic floor physical therapy evaluation and possible curative treatment.
Common Symptoms of Sexual Dysfunction
Symptoms of sexual dysfunction can present in many different ways. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but here are some of the most common signs and symptoms we see at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy:
- Pain or Difficulty with Orgasm
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Premature Ejaculation
- Decreased Arousal
- Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD)
- Non-Bacterial Prostatitis
- Pain with Intercourse (Dyspareunia)
- Vulvodynia / Vestibulodynia / Clitorodynia
- Pain in Perineum
- Testicular and Penile Pain
- Pudendal Neuralgia and Other Neuritis of Abdomino-Pelvic Nerves
- Groin Pain, Coccyx Pain, Back Pain, and Hip Pain
How Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Can Help
Physical therapy is a practice of healing that restores function and reduces pain through the use of techniques to improve bony alignment, reduce trigger points, and improve muscle coordination and strength. Pelvic floor physical therapy is a branch of physical therapy and is built upon these same principles. What sets pelvic floor physical therapists apart is their in depth understanding of the muscles and surrounding structures of the pelvic floor, beyond what was taught in physical therapy graduate school. What that means for a patient who is seeking the help of a pelvic floor physical therapist, is that pelvic floor issues will be examined and treated comprehensively with both internal and external treatment, they will be provided with lifestyle modifications to help remove any triggers, and receive specific exercises and treatment to help prevent the reoccurrence of pain once he or she has been successfully treated.
Beyond Basics Physical Therapy: We Can Help
At Beyond Basics, we are committed to treating pelvic floor issues with sensitivity to each individual's needs, regardless of sex, race, identity, age, or orientation — we treat the whole person with a comprehensive, caring biopsychosocial approach.
Since 2003, Beyond Basics has been a place of hope and healing for our patients. We believe skilled and compassionate healing can restore your body's harmony and balance. Founder, Amy Stein, and co-founder, Corey Hazama are renowned experts and leaders in pelvic floor PT.
The skilled physical therapists at Beyond Basics receive extensive training to qualify them to be the world's leaders in pelvic floor rehabilitation. All of our therapists have been carefully selected to work at Beyond Basics because they possess the right expertise, kindness, and empathy to allow them to excel at our practice. Our therapists have completed hundreds of additional hours outside of their doctorates both internally and externally through institutes such as Herman and Wallace and the American Physical Therapy Association, to help hone their practice and provide exceptional treatment efficiently and compassionately. In addition to being the world's first and foremost experts in pelvic floor dysfunction, our individual therapists have cultivated additional skills unique to their own personal interests. Read more about each one of our therapists here.
Get help now from a pelvic floor physical therapist for pain with sex and dysfunction.