Physical therapy can play a key role in women’s health. We can treat the special issues that women face, like pelvic pain and incontinence. Some common pelvic floor impairments that may benefit from physical therapy intervention include: disorders of the bladder, vulvodynia, vaginismus, dyspareunia, levator ani syndrome, low back pain, sacroiliac joint pain, coccyx pain, groin and/or pelvic pain.
Our women’s health physical therapists have had advanced and specialized training to evaluate and treat dysfunction of the pelvic floor muscles. We evaluate patients in a safe and private treatment room to determine strength, flexibility, and tone of the pelvic floor, abdominal, back and hip muscles. Physical therapy treatments are one-on-one sessions that last approximately 45 minutes. Therapists teach Kegel exercises, postural re-education exercises, muscle relaxation exercises, and they provide education for daily activities and bowel/bladder urge control. Treatment sessions include: deep tissue massage, external and internal soft tissue mobilization, biofeedback, electrical stimulation and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), and heat and/or cold therapy.