Pelvic Floor Therapy
What is Pelvic Floor Therapy?
Pelvic floor dysfunction refers to a wide range of problems that occur when the muscles of the pelvic floor are weak, tight, or there is an problem with the neuromuscular system, low back, tailbone and/or hip joint.
Pelvic floor therapy is also commonly referred to as Women’s Health Physical Therapy although pelvic floor dysfunctions can happen to anyone. Changes in a woman's body can happen during or after pregnancy and the birth process, during aging or after a surgery or illness. These changes often result in pain, decreased activity or confidence, and lifestyle changes.
What is the Pelvic Floor?
The pelvic floor is made up of muscles and other tissues that form a sling from the pubic bone to the tailbone. They assist in supporting the abdominal and pelvic organs, and help to control bladder, bowel and sexual activity. Physical therapy can help by treating these muscles like any other muscle in the body with strengthening, stretching and neuromuscular re-education.
Why might someone start physical therapy?
- Pelvic Pain
- Urinary or Bowel Incontinence
- Overactive Bladder
- Pelvic Floor Weakness
- Organ Prolapse
What happens at a physical therapy session?
Physical therapy for pelvic floor dysfunctions are unique for each patient, depending on their symptoms, diagnosis and other contributing medical or personal history. Your therapist will discuss each step with you prior to the session to make sure everyone is comfortable.
Our goal with physical therapy is to provide a comprehensive, compassionate therapeutic program aimed at improved pelvic floor function and minimized or relieved symptoms, thereby improving your ability to return to previous activities and quality of life.
What is the first step to getting help?
Call our clinic to see if this is an option to you, you can also speak to your doctor to determine if physical therapy is a great opportunity for you!
Our therapists work with you and your provider to develop an treatment program individualized to your needs and goals. Our specialized programs will help improve quality of life throughout all stages of a person’s life, from back pain during pregnancy to urine incontinence.
Lindsey Johnson PT, DPT, CSCS
Saint Francis Physical Therapy