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Pelvic Pain / Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Pelvic Pain / Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction is a condition in which the muscles that support our pelvis and control urination, defecation, and sexual function lose the ability to fully contract, release and expand as needed. Pelvic floor dysfunction is a common cause of pelvic pain. Both men and women can suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction.


  • Pain in the Vagina, Vulva, Clitoris
  • Pain in the Testicles, Penis
  • Pain in the Perineum, Bladder, Rectum
  • Frequent Urination
  • Incomplete Emptying of Bladder
  • Constipation
  • Pain or Inability to Participate in Sexual Activity

Common Causes:

  • Prior history of urinary tract / yeast infection / prostatitis
  • History of Pelvic or Abdominal Surgery
  • History of injury to pelvic girdle or tailbone
  • History of Hip Pain/Surgery
  • Poor awareness or coordination of pelvic floor muscles
  • Poor execution of core exercises
  • Pregnancy or Childbirth
  • Chronic stress

If left untreated:

Pelvic pain can impact a person’s ability to work, go to school or care for children. One’s quality of life can be significantly impacted by the presence of a pelvic pain condition.

How we treat at Shift:

A specially trained physical therapist will evaluate the muscles of your pelvic floor and the surrounding muscles of your hip and pelvic girdle. These muscles can be assessed via internal or external techniques, depending on the patient’s comfort. The physical therapist will then develop a treatment plan that includes manual therapy, exercise and self-care techniques. Our patients are encouraged to integrate Yoga, Pilates, Feldenkrais and Massage Therapy into their healing.

The Shift Model of Care:

  • Shift treats the whole you—body, mind and spirit because these elements of your health are always connected.
  • Shift uses a collaborative model to inform and empower you with multiple perspectives.
  • Shift is a supportive environment where you are invited to notice your own shifting self-awareness.


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New York, New York 10003

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