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Pelvic Floor PT

What is Pelvic Floor PT?

The goal of pelvic floor physical therapy is to improve the performance and control of your pelvic floor muscles. Pelvic floor physical therapy treats pelvic pain, dysfunction, and weakness, along with treating coordination to improve your pelvic floor function and your quality of life. This type of therapy targets the muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues of the pelvis. All of these tissues work together to contribute to pelvic stability, bladder and bowel control, and reproductive function. Pelvic floor is for both men and women who are experiencing pain and dysfunction.

Why Pelvic Floor PT?

Pelvic floor dysfunction can be caused by a variety of different factors, the most common of which are:

  • age

  • illness

  • pregnancy

  • childbirth

  • stress

  • surgery

  • genitourinary problems

  • neuromuscular problems

Everyone deserves to live as healthy a life as possible and experiencing pelvic floor dysfunction can hinder that significantly. We want to help get you back on track and living an active, healthy, pain-free life. ​

What can it help with?

  • Urinary incontinence, frequency, and urgency; Painful urination

  • Bladder and bowel movements; Constipation

  • Fecal Incontinence

  • Painful sex or pain in genital area

  • Endometriosis

  • Menopause symptoms

  • Vaginismus

  • Pain in pelvis, hip, abdomen, thigh, or low back

  • Unexplained pain

  • Postpartum and pregnancy wellness; pregnancy-related pain

  • Interstitial cystitis (IC)

  • Testicular pain

What to expect

At your initial visit, your physical therapist will perform a comprehensive assessment including:

  • in-depth medical history review

  • examination of symptoms and painful areas

  • physical examination with emphasis on lumbar spine, hips, gait, and posture

  • education

Your physical therapist will explain all procedures with you beforehand to make sure you are comfortable. Do not hesitate to speak openly with your PT regarding concerns, questions, etc. We want to make sure you feel safe, as this therapy can be more intimate.​

What techniques are used?

Possible techniques that will be used on a case by case basis:

  • nerve release

  • trigger point therapy

  • myofascial release

  • skin rolling

  • joint mobilization

  • pelvic floor biofeedback

  • electrical stimulation (e-stim)

  • vaginal dilators

  • visceral manipulation

  • weighted vaginal cones

  • relaxation techniques

  • education

  • therapeutic exercise

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