Pelvic Floor Therapy
HOW CAN A PHYSICAL THERAPIST HELP?
Areas treated with PFPT:
Urinary and bowel incontinence
Dyspareunia (pain with intercourse)
Following abdominal surgeries (hysterectomy, bladder lift, prostate, etc.)
Low back pain with pregnancy
Gain control over symptoms
Reduce need for pads, special undergarments, incontinence medications, and possible surgery
Change behaviors that make symptoms worse
Improve muscle strength
Provide information about foods and drinks that irritate bladder
Ways to decrease urge and frequency
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, more than 13 million US citizens have incontinence.
Reduce muscle tightness
Improve how you use your muscles (which in turn helps reduce your pain and increase your ability to perform your roles in the home, in the community, and at work)
Teach self-techniques that are effective
Pelvic PTs do not treat men.
False. Although the majority of the pelvic floor therapy patient population is female, men may also be treated for common diagnoses such as pelvic pain, bowel dysfunction, sexual related pain, urinary dysfunction and tailbone pain.
If a person has tried “Kegel exercises” and they did not work, Pelvic PT won’t be able to help them.
False! Pelvic floor physical therapy involves more than simply strengthening a muscle group. It involves restoring function - improving muscular support around the pelvis, improving behavioral/dietary habits, and retraining body movements to allow for optimal organ and structural function.
FIRST VISIT: WHAT TO EXPECT
Discussion of symptoms, Q&A of urine, bowel, sexual function, diet, and exercise
Review of pelvic floor anatomy and causes for symptoms
Examination of low back, hips, core, and breathing
Evaluation of pelvic floor muscles
Both external and internal exams are performed for further diagnosis and assistance with treatment. You and your PT will decide which option is best
Creation of individualized treatment plan and exercise program