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What is pelvic floor physical therapy?

Dr. Jan L. Shifren, MD
Fertility Specialist

Pelvic floor physical therapy shows great promise in treating unremitting vaginal or pelvic pain. It uses hands-on physical therapy to stretch, strengthen and relax muscles in the lower pelvis. The physical therapist uses a massage-like technique, known as myofascial release, to help stretch and release the fascia (connective tissue between the skin and underlying muscle and bones). Pelvic floor physical therapy is also used to treat other causes of dyspareunia, such as vulvodynia and vulvar vestibulitis, as well as urinary incontinence.

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