Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation

Pelvic Health Specialists

Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery located in Lawrence, KS & Topeka, KS

Pelvic floor muscle problems may cause pelvic pain, incontinence, or pelvic organ prolapse. Pelvic floor rehabilitation is a specialized area of physical therapy that may improve pelvic floor muscle strength and associated conditions. At Pelvic Health Specialists, board-certified urogynecologist, Cathy Dahl, DO, and the in-house certified pelvic floor physical therapist offer pelvic floor rehabilitation. To schedule a consultation, call one of the offices in Lawrence or Topeka, Kansas, or book online today.

Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Q & A

What is pelvic floor rehabilitation?

Pelvic floor rehabilitation is a specialized area of physical therapy that focuses on improving the strength and function of the pelvic floor muscles. The pelvic floor muscles are found at the bottom of your pelvic region and span across the area like a hammock.

Your pelvic floor muscles form the base of your “core” muscles. These muscles work with your abdominal and back muscles, as well as your diaphragm, to support your upper body and maintain pressure in your abdomen.

In addition to supporting your body’s core, these muscles also help you control your bowel and bladder function and provide support for your pelvic organs, including your bowel, bladder, and uterus. 

Pregnancy, childbirth, chronic constipation, and obesity may weaken the pelvic floor muscles and cause problems such as incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, or pelvic pain.

Am I a candidate for pelvic floor rehabilitation?

When you visit Pelvic Health Specialists for a pelvic floor rehabilitation consultation, the urogynecologist conducts a thorough clinical exam to fully understand the root cause of your problems.

You may be a good candidate for pelvic floor rehabilitation if you suffer from:

  • Stress urinary incontinence
  • Urge urinary incontinence (UUI)
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Dyspareunia (pain with sex)

Pelvic Health Specialists has an on-staff certified pelvic floor physical therapist who provides pelvic floor rehabilitation. 

What happens during pelvic floor rehabilitation?

Before starting therapy, your physical therapist first conducts an initial evaluation. During your evaluation, they ask detailed questions about your symptoms and how it affects your life. 

They also review your medical history and perform an exam that focuses on the structure, function, and strength of your pelvic floor muscles. After your evaluation, your physical therapist talks to you about your condition, develops goals, and creates your personalized rehabilitation plan. 

Pelvic floor rehabilitation may include:

  • Exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles
  • Biofeedback to help you regain control of your pelvic floor muscles
  • External and internal manipulation of the pelvic floor muscles
  • Internal vaginal manipulation and massage

The certified pelvic floor physical therapist at Pelvic Health Specialists has advanced training in pelvic floor rehabilitation. The therapist works closely with you to design a plan of care that helps you get the best outcome. 

To learn more about pelvic floor rehabilitation at Pelvic Health Specialists, call the office or book a consultation online.