Pelvic Health & Physical Therapy

Not only women need to be concerned with pelvic health. Men and children are often likely candidates for a consultation to physical therapy for some kind of pelvic condition. The reality of admitting to anyone that you have a pelvic health issue is definitely intimidating and takes a lot of courage to ask for help. This is always the first step in getting relief. Often the solutions are simple and non-invasive. Here are some common questions and answers related to pelvic health.

What kind of person needs to see a pelvic health physical therapist?

Many different diagnoses can qualify for pelvic health evaluation including:

Hip pain

Low back pain

Abdominal pain

Hernias

Painful intercourse

Pelvic floor pain

Painful menses

Constipation

Diarrhea

Irritable Bowel

Incontinence

Post-surgical pain

Pregnancy-related  pain

Postpartum pain

Postpartum weakness

Diastasis Recti

Prolapse

What can I expect from a pelvic health consultation?

Every physical therapist is different. We each have our own style. My background is holistic, meaning, I consider the whole person, their past and present health issues, traumas, injuries, surgeries, belief systems, as well as both home and work environments. Collecting objective data about the condition is very much the same as it would be with any kind of patient which may include an orthopedic, neurological, and functional screening. I like to interview patients before getting into the pelvic floor assessment which gives me a chance to know what the patient’s priorities are for treatment. I always work toward a non-invasive approach to facilitating the reduction and eventually abolishment of symptoms.

What does pelvic health physical therapy consist of?

I think of pelvic health like the health of any part body that is not feeling well. When we are in pain or have an injury, specific exercises are needed to first manage pain. Sometimes tissue healing needs to be the initial focus. Once tissues have healed and pain has been completely managed, then retraining of core function can be addressed.  From here,  the patient can move on to the phase of progression called recovery of function. Here are some potential treatments that a patient can benefit from to help their recovery:

Education

Myofascial Release

Cranio-Sacral Therapy

Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy

Core Stabilization Training

Soft Tissue Mobilization

Home Exercises

Posture Re-education

Stress Reduction

What do I need to prepare for a pelvic health evaluation?

It’s not necessary to do anything special before your appointment.  Whatever is typical for how you normally present yourself is probably the best way to come.  I recommend wearing comfortable clothing.  This is what is helpful:

Come as you are.

Allow yourself to be in your natural state of what’s comfortable for you.

Come with your questions and concerns.

If you are considering consulting with a physical therapist regarding your personal concerns about your own body, here are some things to keep in mind to help guide you to the best clinician to work with.

  1. See if the clinic offers a phone consultation so that you can get basic questions answered.
  2. Visit the clinic before you make an appointment to see if the ambiance resonates with the kind of environment that feels healing to you.
  3. Question the level of continuity of care that the clinic offers.  Patients always have better outcomes when they consistently work with the same clinician.
  4. Once you’ve had an evaluation with your physical therapist, assess your level of confidence working with this person. Having a good connection with your therapist always has an impact on the outcomes of the treatment.
  5. Make future follow up appointments if you feel that you have found the right person.

If you found this information helpful and would like to consider Integrative Body to partner with on your road to better pelvic health, call today for your complimentary phone consultation. We are happy to help and will make a referral to another specialist if needed!

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6 Comments

  1. Very informative article. I was not aware physical therapy was a treatment option for these Pelvic Floor issues. This article quickly explains how to incorporate physical therapy into your pelvic health. Thx you!!

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