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Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

The single greatest change in Interstitial Cystitis treatment in the past decade is the integration of pelvic floor assessments and treatments in most Interstitial Cystitis clinics. Why?? It appears that the great majority of IC patients have or are experiencing pelvic floor muscle tension to the point that it interferes with urination and/or creates pain and discomfort.

The pelvic floor is composed of an overlapping series of muscles which form a sling or funnel that holds the pelvic organs in place. Frequently, these muscles can be strained by childbirth, bicycle riding, accidents and even ballet, thus creating either painfully tight trigger points or weak, unsupportive muscles.

For IC patients, the health of the pelvic floor muscles merit a second glance particularly if they haven't been active for a period of time due to pain or frequency. Just the inactivity of an IC patient in a flare could lead to poor muscle tone.

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