What is Pelvic Therapy for Women?

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Pelvic Therapy is a treatment delivered by specially trained physical therapists to address issues of the pelvic floor that women are prone to. Many women experience pelvic floor issues at some point in their lives. These issues may be a result of childbirth or aging, but pelvic floor dysfunctions can affect anyone. Learn more about Pelvic Therapy for Postpartum Problems.

Pelvic girdle and pelvic floor dysfunction include, but are not limited to:

  • Bladder Discomfort
  • Chronic Nonbacterial Prostatitis
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccygodynia (Tailbone Pain)
  • Diastasis Recti / Tummy Separation
  • Difficulty Emptying the Bladder
  • Dyspareunia (Painful Intercourse)
  • Dysuria (pain with urination)
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Frequency / Urgency of Urination
  • Incontinence / Leakage, Interstitial Cystitis
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Pregnancy-Related Issues
  • Prenatal and Postpartum
  • Sacro-iliac / SI joint pain
  • Vestibulodynia
  • Vulvar / Vaginal Pain Syndrome
  • Vulvar Vestibulitis

How do you know if you have one of these dysfunctions?

You may look at this list and see something that describes what you have been experiencing. When you see your doctor, make sure to tell him or her about all of your concerns, even if you are embarrassed by it. A common mistake in regard to pelvic floor dysfunction is ignoring it and never getting the appropriate treatment as a result.

What are the treatments for pelvic dysfunctions?

  • Manual techniques for lumbopelvic alignment
  • External perineal assessment for tenderpoints and/or triggerpoints
  • Internal vaginal assessment for tenderpoints
  • Triggerpoints and pelvic floor muscle tone
  • Manual muscle testing and motor control
  • Use of vaginal sensor for EMG assessment
  • Electrical stimulation for neuromuscular control as needed

Treatments are performed by a specially trained physical therapist in a private treatment room at Blue Sky Physical Therapy.

For the most successful treatment of pelvic dysfunction, patients are educated in the role of the lumbo-pelvic girdle and pelvic floor muscles in pelvic girdle function as related to their specific dysfunction. A progressive home program for symptom management is also prescribed.