What is Pelvic Physical Therapy?
Pelvic Physical Therapy is a specialty area within the physical therapy practice dedicated to the treatment of conditions unique to the pelvic region. A pelvic health physical therapist has advanced training and experience in assessment and treatment of conditions such as pelvic pain, pain and dysfunction during pregnancy, incontinence, pelvic floor dysfunction, pain with sexual intercourse, bowel dysfunction and more. This training is achieved through post-graduate continuing education courses.
The pelvic floor muscles provide support to the organs and control bowel and bladder function. Dysfunction and/or weakness of these muscles can result in organ prolapse, urinary or fecal incontinence, pain with pelvic examination
and /or sexual activity, as well as many other conditions.
Many individuals experience one or more of these conditions throughout their lifetime. It is a common misconception that it is a normal part of aging or that there is no help available. Often, these notions result in under reporting and thus under treatment of these conditions. Many of these symptoms and conditions are treatable through strengthening, coordination exercises, and behavioral changes.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may benefit from seeing a pelvic physical therapist:
- Loss of urine with coughing, sneezing, running
- Increased urge to urinate and/or increased frequency of urination
- Adjusting daily routine/avoiding social activity because of symptoms
- Pain with pelvic examination/sexual activity
- Feelings of pelvic floor “falling out”
- Lack of bowel control
If you need a pelvic physical therapist, please call 301 565 4924 and schedule an appointment with Lynne Gist, PT. You may also visit www.integrativemanualphysicaltherapy.com for more information or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.