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Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

What is it?

Pelvic floor physical therapy in our outpatient facility, targets problems occurring within the female pelvis – the area in the lower part of the torso consisting of muscles located between the tailbone (coccyx) and the pubic bone. These muscles referred to as “pelvic floor muscles”, support the pelvic organs such as the vagina, cervix, uterus, bladder, urethra, and rectum, control the bladder and rectum during urination and defecation, stabilize the upper body, and work in unison with the diaphragm during respiration.

Due to the intimate nature and area of the body this form of therapy addresses, we provide one-on-one care along with an individualized treatment plan in a comfortable and private environment. Patients will have the option of internal and external therapy, depending on their comfort level. The goal for both forms is the same. During the initial evaluation, the physical therapist will go over the patient’s symptoms, check the strength of their core muscles and endurance, and try specific activities and positions for coordination of pelvic floor muscles. During treatment sessions, the physical therapist will utilize specialized exercises and tools designed to strengthen and stretch the muscles that makeup the pelvic floor. Some of these include trigger point therapy, kegels, electrical stimulation and dilators.

An out of sync pelvic floor leads to imbalance and disruption while performing day to day activities. It is important to seek physical therapy as soon as any discomfort becomes chronic or persistent.

Pelvic Floor Therapy Benefits

How can it help me?

Prior to undergoing pelvic floor physical therapy, some women are under the impression that certain deficiencies or disorders are natural and cannot be remedied. For those who have undergone pelvic floor physical therapy, they report a wide array of benefits including: less vaginal pain or discomfort, increase in sexual pleasure, decrease in constipation, easier bowel movements, more urinary and fecal control, non-painful intercourse, and reduced lower back, abdomen, legs, and hip pain.

Techniques and Exercises

What we incorporate into our treatments

Pelvic floor physical therapy can include techniques or exercises such as:

  • Internal manual physical therapy (vaginal manipulation)
  • External therapy
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Kegels
  • Electrical stimulation and dilators
  • Biofeedback
  • Pelvic floor stretches and exercises
  • Self-care management strategies

Who is eligible for Pelvic Floor Therapy

Common symptoms and conditions

  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Injured or overused pelvis
  • Unstable urinary tract
  • Frequent urination
  • Painful intercourse (women)
  • Pregnancy
  • Chronic constipation
  • Frequent urinary tract infections
  • Incontinence (urinary or fecal) or incomplete emptying
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Weak pelvic floor and core strength
  • Lower back pain
  • Trouble breathing while lifting
  • Painful defecation
  • Anal and/or rectal pain
  • Reduced sensation in the vagina
  • Endometriosis
  • Uncontrolled passing of wind from the anus or vagina
  • Sensation of heaviness in the vagina
  • Heaviness or dragging in the pelvis or back
  • Tampons that dislodge or fall out
  • Vulvodynia (vulval pain)
  • Inability to orgasm
  • Vaginismus
  • Common causes necessitating Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

  • Pelvic surgery
  • Aging
  • Pregnancy
  • Childbirth including Vaginal or Cesarean delivery
  • Being overweight
  • Overuse of the pelvic muscles
  • Serious injuries to the pelvic area
  • Straining while defecating

your team

Ready To Get Your Body Working Better!

Brooklyn Body Works Physical Therapy is staffed with a professional and caring team of experts with clinical experience in utilizing Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy. Browse through our physical therapist profiles to learn how they can help you with restoring functionality.

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REQUEST APPOINTMENT

Since this is a physical therapy session which will require a physical examination and therapeutic exercise (varies by patient), we ask all our patients to come prepared. Please come dressed in loose fitted clothing that will allow for easy mobility, comfort, and access to the area of complaint. In addition we recommend sneakers with soles that grip to prevent slips or falls.

The need for a referral depends on what type of insurance you have. Most insurance plans do not require one, however some insurances do. For example, if you have HIP, you will need a referral from your primary care physician. We ask that you check to see what your health insurance plan requires prior to your initial visit. If you are unsure, please contact our front office and we’ll do our best to determine whether or not you require a referral.

To get in contact with us, click on the following link to view information pertaining to each office.

Our Locations

Each patients case and diagnosis is unique and requires the development of an individualized plan of care. Your physical therapist will give you an estimate of the number of sessions needed to reach a level of “feeling better”, during your initial evaluation.

Over time the number of visits may increase or decrease from the initial estimate, based on the progress made.

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