What is Pelvic Floor Therapy?
Pelvic floor therapy is a non-surgical approach to rehabilitation of dysfunctions in the pelvis that contribute to bowel, bladder, sexual health, and pain complaints. Pelvic floor physical therapists have received specialized training to treat these dysfunctions. Approaches may include behavioral strategies, manual therapies, modalities, therapeutic exercise, education, and functional re-training. Your therapist may use external and internal treatment techniques to decrease pain and improve your function.
Pelvic Floor Therapy is NOT Just For Women
Men, women, and children can all suffer from dysfunctions of the pelvic floor causing physical and emotional distress.
Common Conditions Treated in Pelvic Rehabilitation:
- Bowel and Bladder Incontinence
- Pre and Post Natal Care
- Chronic Pelvic Pain
- Sacroiliac or Coccyx Pain
- Groin Pain
- Pain Bladder Syndrome / Interstitial Cystitis
- Chronic Low Back Pain
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Post-operative care following a Pelvic or Abdominal Surgery
What to Expect at Your Appointment
You may attend with or without a friend or loved one. During your initial visit, you will have an opportunity to share your medical history, your current problem, concerns, and goals with a Doctor of Physical Therapy trained in Pelvic Rehabilitation. Your therapist will then perform an evaluation to identify possible causes contributing to your pathology. Both external and internal evaluations may be performed, as necessary and with the full consent of the patient.
Your therapist will inform you of the examination findings as well as options for treatment. Treatments may include manual therapy techniques, education in bowel and bladder habits, food and fluid, self-care, and instruction in home programs for muscle strengthening, relaxation, and coordination.
A frequency for treatment will be discussed and agreed upon between the therapist and patient at the first visit. Your therapist will communicate with your healthcare providers as appropriate. Progress will be tracked weekly and the treatment plan will be modified based on your response to therapy.