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What is Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy?

When people think of physical therapy, they generally think of orthopedics and sports. You might be surprised to know physical therapy has many different specialties with the common thread of addressing neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction and optimizing the quality of life. Pelvic health is a specialty area that involves the treatment of symptoms such as:

  • Urinary stool or gas incontinence

  • Pelvic organ prolapse

  • Constipation

  • Bowel and bladder urgency

  • Pelvic, genital, and abdominal pain

  • Low back and coccyx (tailbone) pain

  • Sexual dysfunction

  • Post-operative conditions

  • Postpartum and pregnancy-related conditions

Due to the sensitive nature of pelvic floor physical therapy, people often experience anxiety and fear concerning what happens during a therapy session. At Ambient, we prioritize your comfort and work to maintain your trust and create a safe environment.

Here's a breakdown of what an initial assessment may look like:

  1. Each patient has a free 30-minute consultation before scheduling an initial visit. During the consultation, you'll meet your physical therapist, have the opportunity to ask questions, and decide if Ambient is a good fit for you.

  2. Initially, we'll review your medical history, discuss your current symptoms, and your desired treatment outcomes. There's no such thing as TMI with a pelvic floor physical therapist.

  3. After the Q&A, you'll receive an orthopedic assessment that includes a head-to-toe look at your posture, balance, gait, range of motion, strength, and functional mobility.

  4. With your consent, we'll perform an internal vaginal or rectal assessment. This exam provides information about the tone strength, endurance, and coordination of your pelvic floor muscles. It's important to note that you can receive pelvic floor rehabilitation without an internal examination!

  5. The information gathered from the exam is used to generate a physical therapy diagnosis and create a treatment plan. You'll receive education on the exam findings, get a home exercise program, and schedule follow-up appointments.

If you have symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction or general questions about the pelvic floor rehabilitation process, schedule a free consultation today. We'd love to talk with you about your health and wellness-related goals.

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