What is Pelvic Floor Therapy?
Pelvic Floor Therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy that targets and helps improve the muscles, nerves, and connective tissue of the Pelvic Floor. Pelvic Floor Therapy is a very safe, private treatment that can help address some common and sometimes painful problems with a variety of bowel, bladder, and sexual dysfunction disorders.
“Nearly 24% of women are affected by One or more Pelvic Floor Disorders…frequency of Pelvic Floor Disorders increases with age, affecting more than 40% of women from 60 to 79 years of age and about 50% of women 80 and older.” - National Institute of Health Study. September 17, 2008 Journal of the American Medical Association
"Pelvic floor dysfunction is not limited to women. 10 to 15% of the U.S. male population is affected by at least one pelvic floor condition, and it can occur at any age." - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (n.d.). Prostatitis: Inflammation of the prostate. October 12, 2022 National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
My doctor will ask me about it: Since pelvic floor dysfunction may be a sensitive subject, you may have to initiate a conversation with your doctor.
My doctor will know if I have issues with pelvic floor dysfunction: Statistically, most patients will not bring up pelvic floor issues with their doctor until 7 years after symptoms start, so as the patient, you will need to advocate for yourself if you are experiencing any pelvic floor dysfunction symptoms.
You may benefit from pelvic floor rehabilitation if you experience:
Issues with Urinary Urgency
Pelvic or Abdominal Pain
Low Back Pain
Urge is the normal sensation that you have to urinate, and you can hold it until you go to the bathroom
Urgency is a sudden and often intense sensation that you need to go quickly to the bathroom.
Water–Such as doing the dishes, brushing your teeth, or showering
Entering the house–Known as the “key in door” syndrome
Position Changes–Moving from sitting to standing, for example
Approaching the toilet–or rushing
Seeing the restroom stall or bathroom doors
Nervousness or Anxiety
Dietary–Caffeine, alcohol, and acidic foods
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Most Studies will see a success rate of 80-90%, with success defined as “cured or greatly improved.”
Rader, H. S. (2018). In Functional Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation (p. 11). story, Summit Professional Education
Therapist interventions may consist of:
Specific Pelvic Floor Exercises
Pelvic floor therapy is in a private room with our qualified pelvic floor therapists. Treatment is based on patient comfort.
During your first visit, you will receive a complete Pelvic Floor Evaluation, determining your therapeutic needs and establishing a Treatment Plan of Care for subsequent visits.
The therapist will take the time to ensure that you both understand and are comfortable with all physical therapy interventions that are planned.
Finally, the therapist will answer any remaining questions.
If you feel that you may benefit from pelvic floor rehab, the first step is a referral from your doctor. This can be from a primary care physician, an OBGYN, Urologist,or an orthopedic specialist. Once you are given a referral, the team at BPT will set you up for an evaluation in our office. For your convenience, your physician can fax us your referral to 276-627-0060.