PELVIC FLOOR & PERINATAL HEALTH

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

The pelvic floor is a vital team of muscles that assists us with continence control, sexual function, core muscle engagement, and support of our pelvic organs.  In recent years, pelvic floor conditions have been recognized to be incredibly prevalent in both men and women. Fortunately, many conditions can be successfully treated through conservative management including physical therapy (with a pelvic health specialist), Pilates and yoga. 

 

  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)

  • Stress and Urge Incontinence

  • Fecal Incontinence

  • Constipation 

  • Dyspareunia (painful intercourse), vaginismus, vulvodynia and other pelvic pain conditions in both men & women  

  • Urinary/fecal urgency and frequency

  • Endometriosis

  • Interstitial Cystitis/ Bladder Pain Syndrome

  • Pelvic Girdle Pain 

  • Pelvic nerve pain such as Pudendal Neuralgia 

  • Post-operative pelvic floor conditions 

 

 

Perinatal Health

The journey of pregnancy and postpartum can be both wonderful and challenging. While there are some conditions that overlap with pelvic floor physical therapy, there are some conditions that are unique to the perinatal woman. Perinatal Health is designed to help you navigate the highs and lows and maximize your comfort and health through all phases. Physical therapy can be incredibly effective for a variety of conditions such as: 

  • Diastasis Recti 

  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse

  • Pubic Symphysis Pain

  • Pregnacy-related Sciatica or other nerve pain

  • Pelvic Girdle Pain

  • Back pain

  • Stress or Urge Incontinence 

  • Post-operative C-section care 

  • Perineal scar care

  • Dyspareunia (painful intercourse) following delivery 

If possible, we also recommend treatments focused on wellness and prevention where we will explore: 

  • Education and programming for fitness activities to help you maximize your fitness and health throughout the phases

  • Labor and Delivery preparation including positioning, breathwork, and pelvic floor coordination 

  • Perineal massage/mobilization techniques

  • Education to promote early postpartum healing and expectations for recovery

  • Perinatal yoga &/or Pilates

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Build Your Own Pelvic Floor Fitness Program:  4 session program designed to help those who have participated in pelvic floor physical therapy, and are looking for the next step to conquer lingering symptoms or boost their overall health regimen. This program is designed to add variety and specificity to your regular fitness routine, and help you work towards your unique fitness and wellness goals. 

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