Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

What is Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy?

Sometimes referred to as Women’s Health Physical Therapy, Pelvic Health Physical Therapist (PT’s) have specialized postgraduate training to evaluate the function of the pelvic floor muscles, which is not exclusive to women. Many men struggle with issues related to pelvic floor muscles and pelvic organs as well.

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What To Expect From Your Pelvic Health Assessment

Confidentiality 

All interactions between the therapist and client are completely confidential. Informed consent is required prior to initial assessment. Verbal and signed consent is also required before your therapist can shared any information with your medical doctor, specialist or other health professional.

Compassion

Pelvic health issues bring with them frustration, stress, anxiety and depression. With that said, we utilize a biopsychosocial approach to understand you as a whole person, taking into consideration all the different facets that may be contributing to your experience.

Medical History

A thorough understanding of the current problem and all previous health issues is very important. You will asked to complete our  digital intake forms prior to your initial assessment so that your provider can gain an understanding of  all the issues that might be affecting you.

Orthopedic Assessment

Most pelvic health specialists have orthopedic backgrounds. As such, a postural screen, spinal movement analysis, gait analysis, pelvic girdle and lower extremity motion and strength testing is part of the assessment.

Breath Assessment

Analyzing your breathing pattern and breath awareness is important because the diaphragm, core and pelvic floor work together. Many people suffer from poor breathing mechanics and don’t even know it. Additionally, many people hold their breath, which profoundly affects the function of the pelvic floor.

Myofascial Tension

Your therapist will examine your abdominal wall and all the muscles externally around the pelvis for excessive tension. Any dysfunction of these muscles can affect the function of the pelvic floor and vice-versa.

Internal & External Exam

Palpation of pelvic floor muscles and perineum can be done without an internal exam although may sometimes be needed. An internal exams provide your therapist a lot of information though much can be gained from assessing externally. Keep in mind that palpation is a subjective measure with variability. By palpating the muscles near the pelvic floor muscles (including some of the hip muscles that are also pelvic floor muscles) we can gather a lot of what’s going on. Furthermore, there are certain conditions when internal examination is not indication.

Strength Testing

Coordination, endurance and fatigue-ability of the muscles will also be tested.

Summary & Explanation

At the end of the assessment the findings, issues and goals are summarized and explained. You will leave the appointment with specific education, exercises and strategies to help you manage your individual problem and issues.

Pelvic health issues are often of a very private nature – and we understand. Your care and health is our top priority.

How do I know if I have am having problems with my pelvic floor?

If you answer yes to any of the following, you may want to consider a pelvic floor physical therapy evaluation:

 

Accidental bowel leakage

Bladder emptying problems

Bladder pain

Bowel emptying problems

Complications of previous surgery

Frequent or urgent urination

Bulging

Painful intercourse

Pelvic pain

Problems with the vulva

Rectal prolapse

Recurrent bladder infections

Urinary leakage

Vaginal bulging

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Pre/Post Natal Physical Therapy

Pregnancy is such a wonderful time but can also bring with it some aches and pains.

Consider for a moment that pregnancy and delivery are an injury sustained over a 10 month periods. We choose to address the perinatal periods with a rehabilitative mindset. Our goal is to help you go into delivery as strong as possible and prepare you for the 4th trimester.

Prenatal physical therapy can address strength deficits, pain and educate on the use of assistive/postural tools to optimize movement and maintain balance.

Learn more about our physical therapists here to decide who may be best for your condition. 

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