Pelvic Health is an important aspect of your health and well being, and yet few people have heard about Pelvic Physical Therapy (PT). Pelvic Physical Therapy is a specialty within the field of physical therapy. Pelvic Physical Therapists are experts in treating bowel, bladder and sexual concerns. Pelvic PT can be a crucial part of one’s complete medical care. This is true for women, men, and even children. As one my patients recently said, “I had no idea this sort of thing exists, but I sure am glad I found it. It has been the missing piece in my treatment, that I have needed for years!”
Often people who suffer from bladder, bowel or sexual problems do not tell anyone about their condition because
- They think there is nothing that can be done about it, or
- They think it is just something they have to live with, or
- They think it is just a normal ageing process or
- They are too embarrassed to say anything about it.
Rather than keeping quiet about it, it is important to convey such concerns to your primary health care provider so that they can refer you to the appropriate health care provider (urologist, gynecologist and/or physical therapist etc.)
If you can relate to any of the questions below, then a Pelvic Physical Therapist may be able to help you.
- Do you frequently have to rush to the bathroom with a strong urge?
- Have you been going to the bathroom more frequently than usual?
- Do you know the locations of rest rooms at any place you go to?
- How many times have you laughed, coughed or sneezed and noticed urine leakage?
- Do you have to wear a pad when working out in the gym?
- Do you feel like you and your partner are not intimate anymore because it hurts too much?
- Have you had chronic constipation?
- Have you had a fall on your buttock (on ice, or on a hard surface) and developed a tailbone pain that does not go away?
Pelvic Physical Therapists undergo extensive training in the anatomy and functioning of the pelvic floor muscles and pelvic organs. Some Pelvic Physical Therapists specialize in helping patients with a variety of complex bowel, bladder and sexual health concerns. They treat people with a range of pelvic
pain/dysfunction involving the pelvis and/or abdomen
- urinary and fecal incontinence
- pre-natal and post-partum issues
- sacroiliac joint pain
- pre and post-surgery involving the pelvis and/or abdomen
At PelviCure Physical Therapy, my goal is to empower my patients to overcome a problem that is often embarrassing for them to discuss with friends, family or even their doctors.
A typical session at PelviCure Physcial Therapy, starts by evaluating a patient. The evaluation consists of interview, examination, assessment and diagnosis. A session consists of both an external and internal assessment and a plan of care is based on the evaluation findings. The treatment plan is focused
on exercises (relaxation, stretching and strengthening), manual therapy, biofeedback and patient education.
At PelviCure Physical Therapy, I educate my patients to ensure that they have the tools necessary to help themselves get stronger, reduce pain, go to the bathroom with ease and/or meet other personal functional goals.