What is Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy?

Pelvic Floor therapy is a specialty that focuses mainly on the muscles attaching in or around the pelvis – for both women and men. It integrates strength and conditioning protocols, postural awareness, manual therapy, and psychosocial interventions that are directed first locally at the pelvic floor and progressively applied globally to the whole body.

Who is Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy for?

It’s for women and men with a multitude of diagnoses or symptoms. These diagnoses for women include: pelvic pain (chronic, acute; including vulvodynia, dyspareunia, and vaginismus), urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, interstitial cystitis, constipation, and prolapse. For men these diagnoses include: chronic prostatitis, fecal/urinary incontinence, constipation, and pelvic pain. This is not an exhaustive list of diagnoses.

What can Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy do for me?

It can give you back your independence from a toilet, help you have pain free/better sex, and allow you to get back to activities that you previously did before the onset of your pain or incontinence. Impact or intense activities that increase intrabdominal pressure – such as running, jumping, sneezing, coughing, or weight training – should not cause urine leakage. Attempting to have sex or insert a tampon should not be painful. Urinating more than 5-7 times a day should not become your normal. Having a bowel movement less than 3x/week with subsequently feeling heavy and sluggish should also not become your normal. These are all things that a Physical Therapist specialized in pelvic health can help with.

Where can I find out more about Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy?

Contact our pelvic floor physical therapist Dr. Tristan Faile at tristan@vertexpt.com 

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