Pelvic Floor Dysfunction(Syndrome) occurs when you are unable to relax the muscles in your pelvic region. As a results, these muscles would become tight and weak, and these muscles won't be able to support rectum, bladder, uterus/prostate. And tight muscles would irritate nerves around the pelvic floor region. The following are common pelvic floor dysfunction symptoms:
Pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy
Pelvic organ prolapse
Urinary or fecal incontinence
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction common causes include following:
Having a surgery on the pelvic region
Sedentary life style
Repeated heavy liftings
Western Medicine treatment includes pelvic floor muscles exercises, electrical stimulations and various genital, rectal and bladder medications. The shortcomings of the treatment include are that 1)many people are not able to isolate pelvic floors to do exercises; 2)common medications users would suffer some side effects; 3) it takes a long time to see a difference.
Fortunately, acupuncture therapies are safe, convenient, and can yield satisfactory results relatively faster. And most importantly it won't cause sides effects. In our clinic at XING ZHANG ACUPUNCTURE & HERBS, we combine western medicine's philosophy with modern science as well as ancient wisdom in treating pelvic floor dysfunctions.
How does it work:
We want to restore and retrain the normal functions of pelvic floor muscles and we do it by inserting disposable and aseptic needles into sacral nerves and pudendal nerves that innervate pelvic floor muscles(as seen from the pictures below), and then conducting micro-stimulation through these nerves, which will retrain the pelvic floor muscles by contracting and relaxing rhythmically as shown in the following image.
The stimulation is done in a way that patients are able to tolerate without any discomfort. Each treatment would last 20 to 30 minutes. It usually takes about 2 to 3 treatment a week for 3 to 5 weeks.