Pelvic Floor Therapy

Pelvic health physical therapy is the assessment and treatment of various conditions that involve pelvic floor dysfunction or symptoms that manifest in this area. It can be a crucial part of an individual’s complete medical care. The pelvic floor includes muscles, ligaments, nerves and connective tissue. It plays an important role in the body by providing support for the bladder, genitals, uterus and anus.

 

If you experience any of the symptoms below, you will benefit from pelvic floor physical therapy:

Other common symptoms may include:

Assessment

Before pelvic floor treatment begins, your pelvic health physical therapist will take your full medical history and thoroughly discuss your current problems and symptoms.

With informed consent, your pelvic floor physical therapist will perform a complete physical assessment of the joints and tissues affecting the area. This may include internal and external examinations to identify the affected tissues that may be contributing to your urinary, bowel or pelvic pain symptoms.

Common areas that refer pain to the pelvic region include: the abdomen, lower back, hips, pubic symphysis (the front part of your pubic bones) and sacro-iliac joint (the joint formed by the sacrum and ilium from your low back to your coccyx).

Based on your examination, your pelvic health physical therapist will work with you to put together a plan of care that is specific to your particular goals, symptoms and dysfunction.

Since every person has a unique case, it is important that your treatment is customized to address your specific needs.

Treatment

There are various modes of pelvic floor treatment that are well supported by the scientific literature and can be effective as part of your care. Some of these treatment options are:

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