By Dr. Katie Casto, PT, DPT, PCES
Many women experience pelvic floor related issues like urinary incontinence (leaking urine), bowel dysfunction (constipation, straining, incomplete emptying), pelvic girdle pain, pain with intercourse/penetration, pain with medical exams, needing to use the restroom frequently, etc.
Many women are also told just to “do kegels” to help their pelvic floor symptoms. The issue with this blanket recommendation to just “do kegels” is that all too often, the recommendation is made without an actual pelvic floor examination. Let’s discuss what a kegel actually is, and how Kegels may or may NOT be helpful based on the cause of pelvic floor dysfunction.
Meet Your Therapist
Jessica has been in Austin, TX for the past four years. She grew up in Idaho and attended PT school at Idaho State University. She completed an Orthopaedic Residency and became a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist in 2016.