Pelvic Physical Therapy
What is Pelvic Physical Therapy?
Pelvic Physical Therapy is a type of physical therapy targeting dysfunction of the pelvic floor muscles for both men and women. Due to the high prevalence of conditions directly related to the female anatomy and childbirth, pelvic physical therapy may also be referred to as Women’s Health Physical Therapy, however is not limited to the postpartum population.
Not unlike other muscle groups in the body, the pelvic floor plays a prominent role in daily activities, and should be treated likewise. The goal of pelvic floor PT is to improve the coordination, strength, and effectiveness of the pelvic floor muscles to help alleviate pain and dysfunction.
Who Might Benefit From Pelvic Physical Therapy?
Pelvic Physical Therapy is recommended as a first line remedy for many disorders of the pelvic region. It can help to address urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, pre and post natal dysfunction, pelvic organ prolapse, endometriosis, intersitial cystistis, dyspareunia (pain with intercourse), pre and post-surgical abdominal care and more. Pelvic conditions are commonly associated with aging and/or childbirth, however they can also be closely related to illness, genitourinary conditions, gastrointestinal conditions, surgery, or musculoskeletal conditions such as chronic back or hip pain.
What Should You Expect at Pelvic Physical Therapy?
A pelvic examination and evaluation is not unlike any other orthopedic physical therapy discussion of your symptoms, followed by an examination to assess posture, range of motion, strength, and movement. The difference between a typical orthopedic examination and a pelvic examination is the potential addition of an internal muscle and soft tissue assessment. Assessment and
treatment often includes both external and internal techniques, however is always catered to the needs and comfort level of the patient. The patient and therapist will work together to construct a plan that best meets their needs and comfort level, and will address both the physical and emotional components of pelvic dysfunction.
Why Choose a Women’s Health Physical Therapist?
Many of the conditions treated by a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist are extremely “normal” and can drastically interfere with the quality of life. Women’s Health Physical Therapists have been trained to assess and address certain dysfunctions that might make a patient feel embarrassed or vulnerable.
Through a comprehensive evaluation and examination, physical therapy can help to address these dysfunctions to help restore pain free and symptom free activity.