Pelvic Floor PT

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

Pelvic floor dysfunctions are common conditions where you’re unable to correctly relax and coordinate the muscles in your pelvis.

These disorders affect an individual’s ability to control the bladder, bowels, sexual function and pelvic organ support. Pelvic health disorders affect both women and men of all ages and levels of physical activity.

At Made to Move PT, our pelvic floor therapist has specialized training in the pelvic floor dysfunctions. We will identify and address the multiple contributing factors of pelvic floor dysfunction, utilizing an individually designed and specific treatment regimen geared towards each patient's individual needs.

What is pelvic floor physical therapy?

Physical Therapy (PT) of the pelvic floor and surrounding muscles can improve pelvic floor and bladder conditions by eliminating or managing incontinence and other pelvic floor disorder symptoms.

What exactly do Pelvic Floor Physical Therapists Do?

Initial evaluation session involves assessment of your pelvic floor and surrounding tissues. Your therapist will then create an individualized plan of care based on your needs and their clinical findings.

What treatments are offered in pelvic floor physical therapy?

  • Manual therapy to the pelvic floor and surrounding muscles in the hips, back and abdomen (internal/external approach)
  • Scar mobilization
  • Strengthening exercises for your core, hips, and pelvic floor
  • Stretches/mobility exercises
  • Biofeedback techniques
  • Education
  • Dietary changes
  • Bowel/bladder retraining
  • And more!

What conditions are treated in pelvic floor physical therapy?

  • Bladder/bowel incontinence
  • Post -surgical (hysterectomy, episiotomy, abdominal surgery, prostatectomy, etc)
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Pelvic pain
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Prenatal/postpartum issues
  • Abdominal separation (diastasis recti)
  • Tailbone pain (coccydynia)
  • Orthopedic issues involving the pelvis, low back, hips

Pelvic floor physical therapist can give tips to help with these problems, such as lifestyle/diet modification, proper posture, body mechanics training, and safe exercises to stretch/strengthen the appropriate muscles to help with pain. The therapist can also perform manual therapy to release the tight and painful muscles. You will be given homework to speed up recovery and maximize the treatment outcome.

Physical therapist will also work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals (ie. urologist, OBGYN, pain management, mental health specialists, etc) to provide the best possible treatment.

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