Your pelvic floor plays a crucial role in keeping your pelvic organs in place and functioning properly. When this tissue becomes weakened or damaged, it can lead to serious quality-of-life issues for women. At GYN Specialists of Reno, board-certified urogynecologist Bruce Crawford, MD, FPMRS, is leading a movement to approach the problem with an innovative and effective conditioning and fitness program call Pfilates™. If you’re in Reno, Nevada, or the surrounding area, and you’d like to learn, please call the office or use the online scheduling tool.
Your pelvis houses a large number of organs and structures, including your:
Running along the bottom of your pelvis is a hammock-shaped floor that stretches from your pubic bone to your tailbone. Called your pelvic floor, this group of muscles is largely made up of your levator ani muscles. There are other, smaller, muscles, but the levator ani muscle group makes up the lion’s share of your pelvic floor.
This muscular floor provides support for the organs inside your pelvis, keeping them in their proper places and functioning correctly.
Pelvic floor disorders are highly common and include:
These conditions are often the result of a weakened pelvic floor, which can develop during pregnancy and childbirth, as well as among older women who are passing through menopause. In addition to these fairly common factors, surgery may also weaken these muscles.
To restrengthen your muscles so that they’re able to provide the necessary support for your pelvic organs once again, Dr. Crawford encourages pelvic floor rehabilitation.
Traditionally, the problems that develop because of a weakened pelvic floor were viewed as purely mechanical disorders that required surgical treatment. Although trained as a surgeon, Dr. Crawford views these disorders as principally neuromuscular in nature and deserving of a neuromuscular solution.
To that end, Dr. Crawford invented the Pfilates™ program, which includes three, 10-minute fitness and Pilates routines that target your pelvic floor. Believing that a weakened pelvic floor is a fitness issue, his innovative approach through Pfilates helps women strengthen their pelvic floors in just 4-6 weeks.
The Pfilates routines are based on electromyography (EMG) recordings of your pelvic floor from the VESy Lab™ — a neuromuscular training center. This tool allows Dr. Crawford to identify which exercises are best suited for your unique situation.
If you’d like to learn more about this cutting-edge approach to pelvic floor rehabilitation, call GYN Specialists of Reno or use the online scheduling tool.