PELVIC FLOOR THERAPY
Pelvic floor physical therapy is a specialized form of PT where women and men work with physical therapist with advanced training in the muscles, nerves, joints and connective tissues of the low back, abdominal and pelvic regions. Treatment consists of postural assessment, joint alignment, correction of muscle imbalances, assessment of neural pathways, functional movement training and can also include an external or internal assessment of the pelvic floor muscles by a trained therapist.
The muscles of the pelvic floor play a roll in normal bowel, bladder and sexual function. They also play a vital role in the body’s core stability system by supporting the spine, pelvis, and hips. Dysfunction can arise if these muscles are too weak, too tight, or have poor coordination. For example a woman who has weak pelvic floor muscles may have
urine leakage when she coughs or sneezes. Conversely, if the muscles are too tight or are in spasm, a woman my have pain around her pelvis, pain with intercourse, or have problems with frequent or urgent urination. Many other symptoms can be caused by pelvic floor dysfunction as well.
Common conditions that pelvic floor physical therapists treat include:
- Low back and sacroiliac pain
- Pelvic pain
- Pudendal neuralgia
- Coccydynia (tailbone pain)
- Postpartum pain
- Diastasis recti
- Dyspareunia (pain with intercourse)
- Urinary or fecal incontinence
- Overactive bladder syndrome
- Interstital cystitis
- Pelvic organ prolapse (cystocele, rectocele, uterine prolapse)
- Urinary incontinence after prostate procedures
- Male pelvic pain including chronic prostatitis and orchialgia (testicular pain)
We believe in caring for the whole person, both physically and emotionally. You will meet with your pelvic floor specialist one on one for an hour at each of your sessions. All appointments are held in a private room.