Pelvic Physical Therapy
Pelvic floor dysfunction is a disorder in the muscles and/or nerves of the pelvic floor, or in the surrounding skeletal structure. The pelvic floor muscles surround the urethra, rectum, vagina and prostate; therefore, if there is a dysfunction in these muscles it can result in urinary, bowel or sexual dysfunction in men, women and children.
Millions of Americans suffer from some type of pelvic floor problem, including incontinence, pain, and infertility. In fact, 1 in 5 will suffer from some type of pelvic dysfunction in their life time. And pelvic dysfunction is not just found in women who have had babies; nulliparous women and men can also suffer from pelvic dysfunction. If you suffer from any of the conditions listed, I want you to know that there is help! Leaking when you laugh, the inability to enjoy intercourse or spending a week on the couch each month due to pain are NOT normal and are NOT the price you pay for having babies or being female. (Yes, I heard a physician say that.)
YOU do not have to live this way.
I can help! I have taken hundreds of hours of specialty training in all areas of pelvic healthcare, movement education and pain sciences and I want to help you get back to your life.
Holistic Pelvic Physical Therapy takes a look at all of you, not just your pelvis. and is about way more than performing Kegals! I assess your alignment, pain and tissue integrity. I watch you breathe and move. I asses muscle, fascia and organ tension inside and out. In short, we'll cover everything head to toe! We'll also cover the new pain science to help you understand why you have pain. Please set aside up to 2 hours for the initial evaluation. We'll determine the frequency of your therapy after the initial evaluation.
Your treatments will include:
A Home Exercise Program (moving is the best medicine!)
Manual Therapy including myofascial mobilization, trigger point therapy, positional release, skin rolling, Gua Sha, joint mobilizations, visceral manipulation, cupping and nerve desensitization techniques
Meditation and Mindfulness Training
Self-Soft Tissue Release
A Bladder Diary if needed
Electrical Stimulation if needed
What are some of the common medical diagnoses that may benefit from Pelvic PT?
Pelvic Pain, Urinary Incontinence, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Infertility, Endometriosis, Painful Periods, Painful Intercourse, Diastasis Recti, Vulvodynia, SI Joint Pain, Hip/Low Back Pain, Pre- and Post-Natal Pain, Constipation, Abdominal Scars and Pain, Interstitial Cystitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome
How did I get Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?
Pelvic Floor Disorders can be the result of trauma to the pelvic floor (think birth, a fall), abdominal surgeries, pelvic surgeries, prolonged positioning, poor mechanics and alignment, chronic tension holding patterns, fear, sexual abuse, chronic inflammation, poor bladder and bowel habits, dietary imbalances or any of a number of combinations of the above.
I've told my Doctor about my pelvic dysfunction and they either a). gave me an antibiotic, b). told me to relax, c). told me I needed to see a psychiatrist, d). told me it was all in my head, e). told me it's completely normal for a womean who has had children, f). wanted to cut parts of me out or any of a number of other things. These are medical doctors; how can they not know what's happening and why should I believe you?
Most physicians have very little specialized training in pelvic floor muscles and dysfunction. And gynaecologists are typically trained to look at things from a pharmaceutical or surgical standpoint rather than a whole body neuromsucular approach. Physical therapists are specially trained health professionals in the fields of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular dysfunction and rehabilitation. And as a pelvic physical therapist, I have spent hundreds of hours outside of school learning all about pelvic dysfunction and rehabilitation of pelvic disorders. If you have seen other medical profesionals or physical therapists without results, please consider working with me. I can contact your physician for you for a referral.
Please contact me with any questions at 320.354.YOGA.
Other Specialty Physical Therapy Services
In addition to Pelvic PT, I offer treatment for the following:
Blocked milk ducts and mastitis in nursing mothers. Ultrasound has been shown to help open milk ducts to help you keep feeding your baby and decrease pain.
Diastasis Recti, or the excessive seperation of abdominal muscles, can be painful and be a source of self-esteem issues. I'll help you retrain the core from the inside out, no sit ups required.
Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia may be helped by pain education, specific, safe movements, breath re-training, meditation and mindfulness, and self-soft tissue work.