Non-invasive and non-surgical
Our urogynecologic rehabilitation specialists are physical and occupational therapists specially trained in issues involving urinary control and pelvic pain. With therapy and training, we can help you regain control of your health and improve your quality of life.
Many factors can weaken pelvic floor muscles, including pregnancy, childbirth, age, weight and lifestyle. Your pelvic floor muscles run like a hammock from your pubic bone in front to your tailbone in the back. The muscles and ligaments within the pelvis support your bladder, uterus, urethra and rectum – they hold your organs in position and help them function properly.
Benefits to You
Pelvic floor physical therapy will help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and may be used to:
Prevent or control incontinence
Enhance sexual sensation
Improve support to the bladder, vagina, uterus, and rectum to help prevent pelvic prolapse
Help manage pelvic and ano-rectal pain
Help stabilize the pelvis and the spine during movement and exercise
Education & Guidance
Your urogynecologic rehabilitation specialist will work with you to develop an individualized, multifaceted plan that may include:
Behavioral and lifestyle modification to assist in retraining pelvic muscles
Biofeedback. A painless process utilizing small sensors and a computer monitor to help you visualize and identify muscle activity. This awareness of proper muscle contraction and relaxation helps you to maximize exercise technique.
Information and education regarding anatomy, diet and fluids, personal care and other related issues
Manual therapy techniques to improve muscle and bone alignment
Pelvic floor muscle exercise therapy to optimize proper function
If the idea of “exercise” makes you wary, you may be pleased to know that many pelvic floor exercises can be done lying down, sitting, and standing. And, if you do exercise, you may be able to incorporate pelvic floor exercises into your existing routing. A pelvic floor rehabilitation specialist can help you learn different styles and practice at different levels of intensity to maximize exercise effectiveness.
Your rehabilitation specialist will work with you in a progressive manner, beginning with the least invasive strategies for managing your care. If you are older, contributing factors such as weight, functional impairment, and medications may be the initial focus.
You will need a referral from your primary health care provider.