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Pelvic Health

This treatment approach can help provide relief for people with symptoms of bowel, bladder, or sexual dysfunction as well as chronic pelvic pain conditions. 

Pelvic health physical therapy is a type of physical therapy that focuses on the pelvic floor muscles, a group of muscles that lay like a hammock at the bottom of your pelvis. They play a role in bowel, bladder, and sexual functioning and work as part of your core for pelvic and trunk stability. In many cases, symptoms in the pelvic region are occurring because of a problem with the pelvic floor musculature, often defined as pelvic floor dysfunction. 

Common Symptoms of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction:

  • Frequent urination
  • Strong urge to urinate (urgency)
  • Unwanted loss of urine or stool (incontinence)
  • Pain in the pelvis, hip, abdomen, thigh, low back
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Constipation
  • Pregnancy-related pain or incontinence
  • Post-partum-related pain or incontinence

Other Conditions That Can Benefit from Pelvic Health Physical Therapy:

  • Coccydynia
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Hernia
  • Abdominal or Pelvic Surgery
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Chronic Prostatitis
  • Overactive Bladder
  • Bladder Pain Syndrome
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Vulvodynia
  • Vaginismus
  • Dyspareunia
  • Endometriosis
  • Pregnancy
  • Post-partum (Vaginal or Cesarean delivery)
  • IBS / Crohn’s / Ulcerative Colitis
  • Pudendal Neuralgia

Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Includes:

  • Internal manual therapy techniques
  • Strengthening and stretching exercises of the trunk, legs, or pelvic muscles
  • Relaxation exercises for tight or tense muscles
  • Breath Training
  • Coordination exercises
  • Education in self-management and prevention
  • Biofeedback for improving pelvic floor muscle awareness

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What Is a Physical Therapist?

Physical therapists are health care professionals who help individuals maintain, restore, and improve movement, activity, and functioning, thereby enabling optimal performance and enhancing health, well-being, and quality of life. Their services prevent, minimize, or eliminate impairments of body functions and structures, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. Physical therapists receive intensive doctoral education in anatomy, physiology, pathology and rehabilitation. They are graduates of accredited university programs and licensed by the state.

What to Expect at Your Physical Therapy Sessions?

During your Initial Evaluation, our therapist spends a full hour interviewing you, testing and examining your condition, establishing goals with you, and developing an individualized treatment plan. Excel PTs take time to provide patient education around your condition and what to expect during the recovery process.

Subsequent treatment sessions are designed to systematically fix your injury, movement disorder, or pain. Once mobility is improved, then exercises are used to improve strength, balance and function. Injured athletes looking to return to sport often perform sport-specific training under the supervision of the therapist.

What Makes Excel Physical Therapy Different?

During your Initial Evaluation, our therapist spends a full hour interviewing you, testing and examining your condition, establishing goals with you, and developing an individualized treatment plan. Excel PTs take time to provide patient education around your condition and what to expect during the recovery process.

Subsequent treatment sessions are designed to systematically fix your injury, movement disorder, or pain. Once mobility is improved, then exercises are used to improve strength, balance and function. Injured athletes looking to return to sport often perform sport-specific training under the supervision of the therapist.