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How Pelvic Floor Physical Therapists Can Help You

Pelvic pain and incontinence issues are not normal – and you don’t have to suffer in silence.

Our all-female staff will do everything it can to put you ease and make your visits comfortable. We want to know why you’ve come to us, and what you hope to accomplish.

Pelvic floor issues, including bowel, bladder and pelvic pain conditions, need to be thoroughly evaluated. All of our therapist are highly trained in pelvic floor dysfunction.

  • Subjective reports of current pain, bladder/bowel and sexual function
  • Muscular trigger points
  • Proper performance of pelvic floor contraction and relaxation
  • Posture and musculoskeletal alignment of back and pelvis
  • Pelvic floor and abdominal strength and endurance
  • Breathing
  • Hip and back strength
  • Reflexes
  • Muscle length
  • Mobility of the spine and pelvis

In order to provide the best treatments we will take into consideration your past medical history, information gathered from evaluation, and your current problems. Your physical therapist will create a program specially tailored to the goals you would like to achieve.

  • Manual therapy/soft tissue work to the pelvic floor and surrounding area
  • Exercise instruction to perform pelvic floor contractions correctly
  • Surface EMG/Biofeedback to pelvic floor improve patient awareness of correct muscle use
  • Education on changing diet to avoid bladder irritants, appropriate daily fiber and water intake
  • Bladder retraining
  • Therapeutic modalities including ultrasound and electrical stimulation to improve muscle tone and decrease muscle spasms
  • Posture education
  • Clinic and at home exercises

Pelvic Floor Treatments

  • Bladder and Bowel Retraining: reviewing and improving your drinking and urination/defecation habits.
  • Pelvic Floor Exercise Instruction: how to correctly perform pelvic contractions, relaxation and lengthening.
  • Relaxation Techniques: relaxation techniques including breathing.
  • Clinic at Home Exercises: stretches, strengthening, relaxation, breathing and exercises to improve posture.
  • Manual Therapy: soft tissue work to the pelvic floor and surrounding area.
  • Surface EMG: biofeedback to improve awareness, isolation, and relaxation of pelvic floor musculature.
  • Dietary Education: dietary changes to avoid bladder irritants, appropriate daily fiber and water intake.
  • Posture Education: instruction on proper posture both in daily life and on the toilet to improve pelvic floor health.
  • Therapeutic Modalities: including ultrasound and electrical stimulation to improve muscle tone and decrease muscle spasms.
  • Urostym
  • Vaginal Botox

What should I expect at my first pelvic floor physical therapy visit?

Your physical therapist will spend the first session getting to know all the details of your problem. She will put you at ease, explain what she will do and explain how physical therapy can help with your problems.

Your physical therapist may ask how many times you use the bathroom, if you have leakage, and if you experience pain with bowel movements, urination and/or intercourse. The goals of pelvic floor physical therapy are to restore bowel, bladder and sexual function and resolve pain associated with these functions.

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