Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

The pelvic floor is the “floor of the core.” Learn to support the pressure.

There’s PT for THAT?? Yes, there is!

Up to 25% of adults experience incontinence, pelvic pain, pressure and pelvic organ prolapse.  The pelvic floor is comprised of muscles working together with the abdominals, diaphragm, shoulder girdle and hips to:

  1. Support pelvic organs, including the bladder, uterus, prostate and rectum.
  2. Stabilize the pelvis and spine and work with the hips for stability and mobility.
  3. Assist with sexual function.
  4. Support bowel and bladder control.

Like other muscles in your body, the muscles of the pelvic floor and core can become weak, tense, or uncoordinated. This might be caused by surgery, childbirth, menopause, and sometimes we are unsure of the cause. No matter the cause, there are solutions.

Physical Therapists are experts in anatomy, movement and function. Rebecca Meehan PT has specialized training in the assessment and treatment of pelvic floor and core problems.

People are often concerned about what to expect when you come to PT for pelvic health. At your first visit we review your medical history, symptoms and concerns and discuss what you want to get out of PT. We then perform a physical exam which may include assessments of your hips, spine, bony pelvis and pelvic floor muscles. Your comfort and privacy are always a priority throughout this process.

After the examination, we discuss findings and work together to create an individualized plan to address your pelvic health needs. Sessions could include exercises, stretches and  manual therapy to strengthen, coordinate and mobilize. At Embody, we utilize Real Time Ultrasound to visualize the pelvic floor through the abdomen, allowing you to see what your muscles are doing and to retrain. The number of sessions needed will vary, and each session is customized to address your needs and symptoms.

You might be one of the many people living with pelvic floor and pelvic health conditions, but they do not need to limit your confidence in movement, lifting, intimacy and life. Your pelvic floor is a vital part of your core and function. You would not hesitate to discuss problems with your shoulder or spine with your PT or physician, please don’t hesitate to discuss your pelvic health concerns!

Many people have been told “just do Kegel exercises at home”. These exercises may be one element of a larger treatment plan or may not be recommended for your condition. When a person does them incorrectly or without other treatments, their symptoms won’t improve or could even worsen. Many of the people we work with at Embody have “tried Kegels” without success and are frustrated because they believe that there is no help. An important element treatment at Embody is to learn WHAT the pelvic floor muscles are and to learn how to begin to use them efficiently (if that is indicated).

Embody Physiotherapy and Rebecca Meehan PT can help you regain control with confidence. Contact us for additional information or for a free 20 minute consultation to learn more.