Pelvic Floor Health

At ept Rehabilitation we have specially trained Pelvic Floor Health Physical Therapists who can evaluate and treat many symptoms in men or women. These symptoms include:

  • Pelvic Pain
  • Incontinence (involuntary leakage of urine or feces)
  • Urgency of urination
  • Pain associated with scars (episiotomy or Cesarean Section)
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles)
  • Prolapse (lack of support in the pelvic area that allows the organs, like the uterus, to fall
  • from their normal position)
  • Coccydynia (tailbone pain)
  • Overactive pelvic muscles (muscle spasm)
  • Underactive pelvic muscles (muscle weakness)

How Can Physical Therapy Help?

Joint and soft tissue mobilization techniques to reduce muscle guarding, scarring, joint dysfunction and optimize musculoskeletal alignment.

Exercise to re-educate and strengthen muscles that are not properly supporting the body’s alignment and performing the demands placed on the body.

Education regarding home techniques for symptom management, proper positioning and postures, proper and more efficient performance of activities of daily living to reduce stresses on the body and conserve energy and relaxation techniques.

Biofeedback to re-educate muscles to reduce pain and guarding and to reduce or eliminate incontinence.

How Can Physical Therapy Treat Urinary Incontinence?

Because many symptoms of urinary incontinence are caused by pelvic floor muscle weakness and dysfunction, a Pelvic Floor Health Physical Therapist is the ideal provider to help you gain control over your symptoms.

Physical Therapy can:

  • Give you control over your life and your bladder
  • Save money and embarrassment by allowing less use of pads and undergarments
  • Reduce use of medications for incontinence
  • Possibly prevent the need for surgery

Physical Therapy Treatment may Include:

  • Education on diet and nutrition to avoid food and drinks that may irritate the bladder
  • Advice on how to change behaviors that make symptoms worse
  • Techniques to help you find the right muscles and learn to use them correctly
  • Exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles
  • Ways to decrease urinary urge and frequency
  • Biofeedback that show you how your muscles are working
  • Electrical stimulation to improve awareness and strength of the muscles