What is pelvic floor therapy?
Pelvic floor therapy is a type of physical therapy that is designed to relieve you of the effects of pelvic floor dysfunction along with giving you the tools to help train the muscles to work the way they should. Pelvic floor therapy can be especially helpful for women preparing for childbirth and even postpartum. Pelvic floor therapy uses a variety of treatment options that include:
- Manual therapy – During this treatment, your therapist applies hands-on pressure and massage to your pelvic floor muscles in order to improve blood flow and help the muscles relax and stretch.
- Biofeedback – This treatment uses a device that can measure the contractions of your pelvic floor muscles and watch for improvements in muscle function. This is either done through the placement of electrodes or internal probe.
- Patient education – Our providers want to give you the tools to help you live a healthy lifestyle. Your physical therapist will provide you with general exercises (like Kegels) that you can do on your own to promote long-term pelvic floor strength and function.
- A plan tailored to you – Your therapist will work to create a plan with exercises specified to your body’s needs that can help restore normal mobility and improve muscular balance and control.