What can I expect on my first day of PELVIC HEALTH PHYSICAL therapy?
First of all, it helps to write down the questions that you have about your condition and pelvic health therapy before your visit that way, if your question is not answered during the evaluation, you can use your list to ask your questions at the end of your first session.
Once in the treatment room, your therapist will ask you a number questions pertaining to your pelvic health, most notably, your posture, balance, back and hip motion and pelvic alignment will be analyzed, followed by an explanation of the anatomy of the pelvis.
You will be given privacy and asked undress from the waist down. A sheet will be provided for you to use to cover yourself as you lie back on the treatment table.
Your therapist assesses the perineum (the area covered by your underwear), and may perform a vaginal and/or rectal exam (with your consent) because it can provide very important information used by your therapist to create your Plan of Care. Your therapist will use non-latex gloves and lubrication during this part of the evaluation, which will make it more comfortable.
Once this part of the evaluation is complete, your therapist will give you privacy to dress. Your therapist will then explain their findings and your Plan of Care and, most importantly, answer any questions that you still have.
How can PELVIC HEALTH physical therapy help?
Pelvic health physical therapists specifically treat the the musculoskeletal structures, including the muscles, joints, fascia, tendons and ligaments of the pelvis in contrast to organs such as the bladder, uterus, and rectum.
Who can benefit from PELVIC HEALTH physical therapy?
Men and Women of all ages, including children, are affected by various types of urinary incontinence as a result of symptoms caused by pelvic floor muscle weakness and dysfunction. A specially trained Pelvic Health Physical Therapist is the ideal provider to help you gain control over your symptoms. Physical Therapists use specialized medical training to evaluate your symptoms and, above all, design an individualized treatment program for you.
PELVIC HEALTH 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
PELVIC HEALTH 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
- Pelvic floor exercises to strengthen the pelvic muscles
- Exercises to stretch and strengthen other important muscles
- Ways to decrease urinary urge and frequency
- Biofeedback that shows you how your muscles are working
- Electrical stimulation to improve awareness and strength of the muscles