Pelvic floor therapy
Do any of these symptoms affect your quality of life?
- Do you need to use the restroom frequently throughout the day?
- Do you experience pain or pressure in your pelvic regions, genitals or rectum?
- Is intercourse painful?
- Do you have a hard time reaching the restroom without leaking?
- Do you experience bowel leakage?
- Do you strain or have constipation during a bowel movement?
These are not issues you have to live with. Relief is possible and it starts with a visit to our pelvic floor therapist.
What is pelvic floor dysfunction?
The group of muscles in the pelvic area make up the pelvic floor. Similar to a sling, our pelvic muscles support the bladder, rectum, uterus in women and prostate in men. Bowel and bladder movements are controlled when we contract and relax the pelvic muscles.
When the muscles, ligaments and connective tissue that support pelvic organs don’t work as they should, this can lead to symptoms such as:
- Frequent urination or an urgent need to go to the bathroom
- Urinary leakage
- Bowel incontinence
- Pain during intercourse
- Pelvic pain or pressure
- Tailbone, lower back or hip pain
Are pelvic floor disorders common?
Yes. At least 30% of all women (half of women 55+) and 5% of men will experience a pelvic floor disorder. This condition can affect older individuals and also occurs in the younger population and athletes.
What is the goal of therapy?
With diligent self-care and guidance, we can help you:
- Gain control of your bladder/bowel
- Reduce pain and increase activity tolerance
- Reduce medication used for incontinence and pain
- Recover and rehabilitate from surgery
- May prevent the need for surgery
We also can assist you in finding a trusted referral if your condition does not improve with physical therapy.
How can a physical therapist help?
- Exercises to identify and strengthen the pelvic floor
- Core strength and coordination exercises
- Biofeedback techniques to improve muscle contraction and relaxation
- Electrical modalities to improve awareness and strengthen muscles
- Soft tissue mobilization and myofascial release to address muscle imbalance
- Joint mobilization
- Relaxation techniques
- Self-care education including diet and lifestyle changes
What can I expect?
- All sessions are one on one in a private room and last about one hour.
- During your first visit, you’ll have the opportunity to share your history and concerns. We’ll discuss the exam so your questions are answered right away.
- Your physical therapy sessions are with the same therapist.
Do I need a referral?
Yes. A prescription for pelvic floor physical therapy is required from a physician, nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant or chiropractor. Talk to your provider about a referral today.