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Pelvic Physical Therapy

Proven by Research

Evidence shows that pelvic floor training should be offered as a first-line therapy to people with urinary incontinence. Research results include:

  • High cure rates for stress incontinence when women had individual instruction
  • Routine pre- and post-operative physical therapy interventions improve physical outcomes and quality of life

Pelvic Physical Therapy

Pelvic floor physical therapists have received specialized training to treat people with a variety of medical conditions, including:

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Urinary retention
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Constipation
  • Pelvic pain
  • Coccyx (tailbone) pain

Your pelvic floor physical therapist will work with you to determine the cause of your symptoms and develop an individualized course of treatment. Your treatment may include:

  • Pelvic floor and core exercises
  • Bowel or bladder diary
  • Education, mindfulness, and meditation
  • Postural education
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Manual therapy
  • Biofeedback

Comprehensive Evaluation

The first step in your treatment is a comprehensive evaluation, which includes:

  • A review of your medical and surgical history
  • In-depth questioning regarding your bladder, bowel, and reproductive functioning
  • A general exam to assess your posture, motion in your back and legs, reflexes, and lower extremity strength
  • An abdominal assessment
  • External and internal pelvic muscle assessments (with patient consent)

Your therapist will work with you to design a treatment plan based on the results of your evaluation and your individual needs.