Pelvic Health Physical Therapy for Women
Women of all ages experience changes in their pelvic floor muscle function that can directly impact both the strength of the core and overall pelvic health (bladder, vaginal and bowel systems). The pelvic floor muscles are a direct component of the bodies core strength. When the pelvic muscles are weakened women may experience low back pain, abdominal pain, pelvic pain, and weakness with movement. We provide targeted physical therapy to increase the strength of your core and pelvic girdle, which will ultimately help you get back to moving comfortably.
The most common pelvic health concern women have is bladder leakage. All women can develop bladder control problems, even professional athletes. By improving the strength and control of the pelvic floor muscles and the inner core we can eliminate leakage and get you back to moving with confidence.
Discomfort with sexual intimacy is another common concern and can be a difficult topic for many people to talk about. Finding the right provider and a positive support system is one of the most important steps in the healing process. We help women overcome sexual discomfort by providing expert care designed to address your specific concerns. Commonly, women have tightness in the pelvic muscles, as well as other physical changes leading to discomfort with intimacy, that can likely be treated with manual therapy and exercise. Working together we will improve your pelvic health and return you to comfortable sexual function.
Most common concerns women have:
Pelvic Health Physical Therapy for Men – COMING AUGUST 2019
Our specialty services address the unique pelvic health needs of men. The two primary pelvic health needs of men are urinary leakage and pelvic pain (often associated with prostatitis). Bladder leakage most commonly effects men immediately following prostate surgery. Research has shown that the sooner men begin pelvic floor rehabilitation the sooner this leakage is reduced and with up to 90% of men that complete physical therapy regaining full bladder control. In fact, men that participate in care before and after surgery have even faster recovery.
Pelvic pain in men is often associated with pelvic floor muscle tightness and spasms that can cause pain throughout the pelvis, abdomen, and genital area and can impact comfort with sitting, exercise, and sexual function. Often men with pelvic pain are mis-diagnosed with prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate gland) and symptoms do not respond to medication. Targeted pelvic health care is needed to reduce the muscle spasm and improve the health and function of the region; this eliminates pain.
The most important component to specialized pelvic health care is education. We will work closely with you to ensure we understand your symptoms and can educate you on how the pelvic muscles may be impacting your health. Together we will get you back to playing at the top of your game.
Treatment we provide
Examples of treatment that maybe offered with your care include:
North Carolina is a direct access state for physical therapy services therefore a physician’s referral is not required unless you are using Medicare insurance. We do communicate with your medical providers as needed to improve your care.
A complete physical evaluation is completed based on your concerns. Often this includes examination of your movement, core and pelvic floor muscles as indicated. Treatment and begin the same day as the initial consultation.
Together we will develop your treatment plan based on your needs. The exact number of visits is unique to symptoms but on average our patients benefit from 6-8 treatment visits.