Pelvic Floor Therapy
You deserve to live your life without pelvic pain or bladder/bowel issues holding you back.
01: Find the why
Your therapist will complete a thorough evaluation to determine what is causing your symptoms.
02: Get better
Your therapist will help you improve your symptoms with a combination of manual therapy, home recommendations, and exercise prescription.
03: Stay better
Once you have met your goals, your therapist will teach you how to maintain your progress so it doesn't happen again!
Can pelvic floor therapy help me?
Pelvic floor therapy can help with:
Urinary incontinence, urgency, or frequency
Returning to exercise postpartum
Fecal incontinence or urgency
C-section scar complications
Unexplained low back pain and/or hip pain
Pelvic organ prolapse (POP)
Diastasis recti (abdominal separation)
Painful sexual intercourse
Pregnancy related aches and pains
Pelvic floor dysfunction
Difficulty emptying bladder or bowels
Tailbone or coccyx pain
Bladder pain syndrome
What will my first visit look like?
During your evaluation, your therapist will first discuss your health history and current symptoms. Then your breathing, strength, mobility, and posture will be assessed. If these findings indicate pelvic floor dysfunction, with your consent, your therapist may conduct a vaginal or rectal internal examination
of your pelvic floor muscles.
After your examination, your therapist will discuss her findings and explain what will be included in your treatment plan. You will be given "homework", which will be tailored to your body and your lifestyle.
What is an internal exam and do I have to do it?
An internal examination will only be conducted by a specially trained therapist, with your enthusiastic consent. If you are not feeling 100% comfortable, it is not mandatory! Although it does help your therapist gather valuable information about your body, your comfort is our main priority. You have the right to respectfully decline this examination.
If you decide to continue with this thorough examination, here's what you can expect. It it similar to a gynecologic exam, but no speculums or stirrups are used. One gloved finger will be inserted into the vaginal and/or rectal canal to assess the pelvic floor musculature. You will be asked to complete some movements and tests during this exam that will help your therapist determine the integrity and strength of your pelvic floor.
Do you only see women for pelvic floor issues?
Everyone has a pelvic floor! Pelvic floor therapy can help not only women, but also men and children. At EPT, we do not complete internal examinations on children.
Pelvic floor therapy has been shown to help men with pelvic pain, chronic constipation, and urinary issues, such as leakage or frequency.
Pelvic floor therapy for children typically involves lots of parent education, exercise prescription, and dietary recommendations.
How do I know if pelvic floor therapy is right for me?
If you are struggling with any of the symptoms listed above and you are ready to make your health and wellbeing a priority, we can help you!
Recovery takes time and dedication with attending scheduled appointments and diligently completing a home exercise program. If you are ready to make that commitment to yourself, we are ready to help you achieve your goals.