What is Pelvic Floor Therapy?
The Pelvic Floor is essential in providing the body with stability, supporting the bladder/bowel, and sexual function. Pelvic Floor Therapy is a treatment approach that targets any imbalances or dysfunction in the pelvic floor and its supporting structures. The pelvic floor exam is only a piece to the overall picture of what is occurring within the body. The Therapist will assess the pelvic floor using an internal and/or external exam and assess how any pelvic floor dysfunction is affecting the rest of the body. During each session, the therapist is constantly assessing and re-evaluating the client’s body with the goal of improving the strength and functioning, and releasing any fascia restrictions within the body.
Who can benefit from Pelvic Floor Therapy?
General Pelvic Pain
Physical trauma, weakened muscles, and tension in the pelvic floor can cause pain. Clients experiencing fatigue, pelvic pain, Endometriosis, pain during intercourse, and painful menstruation.
Pre & Post Abdominal/ Pelvic Surgery
Pelvic Floor therapy before surgery to prepare the body and after surgery for a faster recovery.
Pelvic Floor therapy can help urinary and bowel issues. Clients experiencing urinary leakage, frequency, bladder pain syndrome, urinary retention, constipation, and fecal incontinence.
Pelvic Floor therapy can help if you want to get pregnant, going through IVF or IUI, and if you recently had a baby.
What should you expect in the Pelvic Floor evaluation and Treatment?
In the first visit, the Occupational Therapist will review your history and physically evaluate and assess your whole body. Your history gives the Occupational Therapist a clearer picture of your condition and how it is affecting your life. The physical examination will include an external and internal assessment. However, the internal assessment may not occur on the first visit depending on the comfort level of the client. The Occupational Therapist will require consent from the client to perform the internal assessment and treatment. The client will also received individualized treatment including John Barnes myofascial release, education, and self-treatment.