Pelvic Floor

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Beate Carriere, Cynthia Markel Feldt
Thieme, Jan 1, 2011 - Medical - 488 pages
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The remarkably complex pelvic floor and its disorders comprise one of the most interesting -- and challenging -- areas of physical therapy. And recently, common problems once considered taboo, such as incontinence, have become mainstream issues. More than ever before, a solid understanding of the structure and function of the manifold problems of the pelvic floor is vital to successful treatment. This groundbreaking work brings together an international team of world-renowned experts in the treatment of urinary and fecal incontinence, as well as sexual dysfunction, to provide a comprehensive guide to the structure and function of the muscles of the pelvic floor. Using concise text and clear illustrations and helpful photographs, the authors present all phenomena associated with pelvic floor dysfunction. The authors begin with a detailed overview of the anatomy and physiology of the pelvic floor, and then discuss all state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment strategies, from biofeedback and manual therapy to the causes of different types of pain and psychosocial problems. Detailed discussions of the specific issues associated with children, women, and men, as well as with rectal and anal dysfunction, follow. With its thorough coverage, this highly practical text is essential reading for all health care professionals who wish to provide their patients suffering from disorders of the pelvic floor with the best care available.

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1 Basics
12 The Nervous System and Motor Learning
13 Musculoskeletal Chronic Pelvic Pain
14 Interdependence of Posture and the Pelvic Floor
15 Low Back Pain and the Pelvic Floor
16 Reflex Incontinence Caused by Underlying Functional Disorders
17 Psychosocial Influences
18 EvidenceBased Physical Therapy for Stress and Urge Incontinence
26 Training and Functional
27 Diagnosis Evaluation and Treatment of Reflex Incontinence
28 Therapy for Lymphedema
3 Pediatric Therapy
4 Therapy for Women
42 Storage and Emptying Disorders of the Bladder
43 Prolapse
44 Treatment of Sexual and Pelvic Floor Dysfunctions

2 Treatment Techniques
22 Strain and Counterstrain for Pelvic Pain
23 ConnectiveTissue Manipulations
24 Physical Therapies
25 Visceral Mobilization
5 Therapy for Men
6 Treatment for Rectal and Anal Disorders
62 Physiotherapy for Anorectal Disorders

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Physical Therapist in Private Practice, Pasadena, CA, USA

formerly Clinical Program Coordinator, Rehabilitation Services, St. Lukes Hospital Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL, USA

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