Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation

Approximately 1 in 7 women is affected by pelvic floor issues. Often, those experiencing symptoms of pelvic pain will also experience associated problems, such as bladder/bowel dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, and depression/anxiety that could negatively impact the quality of life and self-image. Physical and occupational therapy may help!

We also understand the intimacy of these issues. Our therapists have advanced, specialized training in the management and treatment of symptoms and dysfunction associated with chronic pelvic pain conditions. We are devoted to providing one-to-one care with individualized treatment programs in a peaceful and supportive environment.

Pelvic issues treated (but not limited to):

  • Incontinence
  • Bowel problems
  • Pelvic pain
  • Sexual issues including sexual pain
  • Pre/post-pregnancy related issues

How can therapy help?

The goal of therapy is to normalize pelvic floor and surrounding lumbopelvic muscle tone/activity, motor control, and coordination. Focus is on improving neuromuscular awareness to promote optimal muscle length and function. Once pelvic girdle stability is established, appropriate exercise participation is introduced. Education regarding proper bladder/bowel habits, postural needs, and ergonomics are also addressed to aid rehabilitative outcomes. Our physical and occupational therapists seek to provide the optimal treatment to address individual concerns or needs.

Treatment options vary by condition and may include:

  • Internal and external soft tissue mobilization
  • Myofascial and trigger point release
  • Connective tissue manipulation
  • Visceral mobilization
  • Neuromuscular re-education using electromyographic and tactile biofeedback for down training the pelvic floor musculature
  • Sexual expression education
  • Completion of total body awareness activities and calming of heightened Autonomic Nervous System
  • Instruction regarding normal voiding and defecation mechanics
  • Behavioral training, bladder/bowel education, postural training and self-management techniques
  • Treatment of related lumbosacral, hip, SI joint, coccyx and pelvic girdle conditions
  • Home dilator instruction
  • Electrical stimulation, TENS, ultrasound, heat/cold therapy
  • Comprehensive home exercise program instruction