Pelvic Health Rehabilitation
Pelvic health is directly related to common disorders such as incontinence. Franciscan Health physical therapists work with patients one-one-one for specialized pelvic rehabilitation to improve muscle strength and coordination.
Helping Patients Regain Control through Pelvic Health Rehabilitation
Physical therapy can make a significant difference in those who often suffer in silence from disorders of the pelvic floor - the muscles, ligaments, connective tissue and nerves that support normal bladder and bowel function and pelvic health.
A sudden sneeze, a hearty laugh, a quick cough are not usually causes for concern. But if you are one of millions of Americans suffering from incontinence, these everyday actions can trigger an embarrassing reaction that severely diminishes your quality of life.
How can pelvic health rehabilitation help?
Pelvic floor problems can be frustrating, confusing and sometimes even embarrassing. Physical therapy can help strengthen and condition your pelvic muscles to reduce or even eliminate these problems.
Our physical therapists will partner with you to develop a unique and individualized treatment program, depending on the findings of both your doctor and therapist. Through tailored physical therapy and a concerned focus on your physical and emotional well-being, our physical therapists provide support and encouragement to help you regain control.
If you have been diagnosed with one or more of the common conditions below, or if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please talk with your doctor and see if physical therapy might be right for you.
- Pregnancy-related back or hip pain
- Urinary or fecal incontinence
- Urinary urgency
- Urinary frequency
- Pelvic organ prolapse (cystocele, rectocele)
- Painful sexual intercourse (dyspareunia)
- Abdominal pain
- Sacroiliac dysfunction
- Pelvic pain
- Interstitial Cystitis
What should you expect with pelvic health rehabilitation?
- Thorough evaluation by a physical therapist specially trained in pelvic floor rehabilitation
- Exercise instruction unique to your needs, including pelvic floor, abdominal and hip muscle strengthening and coordination exercises
- Development of an individualized home exercise program to allow for much of your rehabilitation to be done in the comfort of your own home at your own pace.
- Use of state-of-the-art technology, including:
- Computerized biofeedback training to increase muscle awareness, strength and coordination.
- Electrical stimulation to facilitate muscle activity, promote bladder control or to assist in pain management.
- Manual therapy and a hands-on approach to treating painful pelvic conditions