What is the Pelvic Floor?

The pelvic floor is a group of muscles at the bottom of your pelvis that work to control and coordinate bladder and bowel function, aid in sexual function, and provide stability to the pelvic girdle and your core. The pelvic floor muscle may be affected during or after pregnancy/delivery, after surgery, due to other injury/trauma, or due to lifestyle factors or disease processes, especially those involving the bladder, bowel, or reproductive systems.

Common Symptoms:

  • Incontinence (leakage)– bladder, bowel, gas
  • Urgency, hesitation or pain with urination/bowel movements
  • Constipation/ Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pain with intercourse, gynecological exams, tampon use, or insertion of any object
  • Changes in sexual function
  • Cesarean, episiotomy, or scar pain
  • Tailbone pain
  • Chronic low back, hip, or SI pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diastasis Recti Abdominus
  • Pre & post-partum care
  • Post-op pelvic procedures
  • Pediatric: constipation, bed-wetting, day wetting

These symptoms are common but they are not normal, and they can have an impact on your daily life.

How can Physical Therapy help?

Pelvic floor physical therapy assesses the pelvic floor muscles, and others structures closely related, looking for symptoms, restrictions, tightness, or weakness. From this assessment, an individualized treatment plan will be created to address your specific needs and the target the source of your symptoms to improve quality of life.

If you are experiencing symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction, you may be a great candidate for pelvic floor physical therapy. You may contact your primary healthcare provider and receive a referral or contact the clinic directly to schedule an appointment.

Are you experiencing…
  • Increased frequency of urination?
  • Leakage or loss of control of urine, stool, or gas?
  • Difficulty emptying your bladder or bowels?
  • Constipation or need to strain with bowel movements? 
  • Pain with bowel movements?
  • Pain during or after intercourse?
  • Changes in sexual function?
  • Pain with gynecological exams or tampon use?
  • Painful periods?
  • Worsening pain or feelings of instability during pregnancy or after delivery?
  • Pain in the abdomen, hip, low back, or tailbone?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be appropriate for pelvic floor physical therapy.

Physical Therapy Department: 563-584-4465
Pelvic Health Physical Therapy
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