Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy in Management of IC/BPS
Guidelines put forth by AUA (American Urology Association) places physical therapy as the second line of treatment, first being patient education and self-care techniques. Pelvic Physical Therapy, in fact, is the only treatment modality currently with the evidence Grade A in the AUA guideline.
How do treating muscles of the pelvic floor affect the bladder symptoms?
The idea that chronic pelvic floor dysfunction can cause irritation in the bladder/pelvic organs can be attributed to the crosstalk between the organ and peripheral tissues and receptors. Prolonged stimulation of the pelvic organs due to any noxious peripheral stimulus can lead to neurogenic inflammation and sensitization. Read More.