What is Pelvic Floor Therapy?
A non-surgical approach to the rehabilitation of dysfunctions in the pelvis that contribute to bowel, bladder, sexual health, and pain complaints. Approaches to your treatment may include manual therapies, modalities, behavioral and relaxation strategies, therapeutic exercise, education, and functional re-training.
Common issues treated in Pelvic Rehab:
Pain with intercourse
Diastasis recti (separation of abdominal muscles commonly following pregnancy and childbirth)
Urinary or fecal leakage with exercise, coughing, laughing, sneezing
Frequent urge to go to the bathroom
Difficulty holding your bladder
Abdominal or pelvic pain following surgery
Scar tissue following childbirth, surgery, or cancer
Prenatal and Postnatal care
Preparation for labor
Do all Physical Therapists treat Pelvic Floor?
Pelvic rehab providers are neuromusculoskeletal therapists who have taken additional specialized training to be able to effectively evaluate and treat pelvic floor pathologies.
By: Bridget Bates, DPT/Women’s Health Therapy