A pelvic floor physical therapist goes through extensive training and schooling, learning about all aspects of the body, and then completes additional coursework specializing in women’s health. This provides the perfect foundation to determine the root cause of your pain or discomfort. Pelvic floor issues are rarely isolated and typically stem from other muscle or joint dysfunctions. Taking the entire body into consideration is essential to creating your treatment plan for success.
Pelvic floor muscles can weaken with aging, become stretched from childbirth, or overly tense from stress. This then leads to various pelvic floor dysfunctions. Pelvic floor physical therapy helps reverse those dysfunctions through restoring normal function and muscle strength and tone.
Common diagnoses we are able to work with include:
- Incontinence (leaking urine or feces)
- Bowel or bladder problems
- Pain with sexual activity
- Prolapse or pelvic heaviness
- Pregnancy & postpartum recovery
- Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA)
- Caesarean and/or episiotomy scar pain
- Return to exercise
- Musculoskeletal pain (back, hips, SI joint, sciatica, post-surgical, etc.)
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During a typical session, instructions for pelvic muscle strengthening, relaxation, and coordination exercises will be provided and tailored to you. If an internal exam of the pelvic floor muscles would be helpful information to have, your full consent is received. Through a pelvic exam, muscle strength, tone, and flexibility can be determined. This provides a good starting point and allows for the ability of your progress to be tracked. Real-time ultrasound may also be utilized, and it provides feedback and allows you to visually see if you are contracting and releasing muscles correctly.
Ultimately, the goal is to help you achieve your goals and to live life worry and pain-free. Everyone and each body is different, so your treatment plan should be specifically tailored to you and your needs. If you would like some more information, or if you are wondering if pelvic floor physical therapy would be a good fit for you, please reach out!