What is Pelvic Health Physical Therapy?
Pelvic health physical therapy is a specialized area of physical therapy devoted to the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular dysfunction related to the pelvis. Pelvic dysfunctions can occur in people of all ages and genders, and can lead to problems with bowel, bladder, or sexual function.
Physical therapy is recognized as a safe and effective treatment option for pelvic health problems by helping to restore movement, function, and reduce symptoms. In fact physical therapy is considered the "gold standard" first-line option for incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, and can help some patients avoid surgery.
The best care for pelvic health conditions is always holistic, and usually multidisciplinary
The causes of pelvic dysfunction and pelvic pain conditions are often complex and may be related to factors outside the pelvis itself. This is why we believe it is important to consider the body as a whole. At Peltz and Associates your care will be provided by a Doctor of Physical Therapy who is highly trained to identify and address problems in all regions of the body.
The treatment of pelvic health conditions often requires a multidisciplinary approach for the best results. This means that supporting our patients in their rehabilitation may include referral to other specialists when necessary. These specialists may include urologists, gastroenterologists, gynecologists, pain management specialists, orthopedists, psychologists, or others.
Conditions We Treat
What to expect your first visit?
Your first visit will be an evaluation of your current condition to better understand your problem. This will include a thorough review of your medical history, and questions about your eating, drinking, voiding, and sexual habits as they relate to your symptoms. Your physical therapist will examine your posture and movement, and assess the function of muscles in our back, hips, abdomen, and pelvic floor to look for contributing factors to your problem. This may include an external as well as internal exam.
We understand the sensitive nature of many pelvic health issues, and your comfort and privacy are our highest priority. Sessions with your pelvic floor physical therapist are conducted one-on-one in a private setting.
Treatment strategies may include:
- Patient education
- Pelvic floor exercises
- Functional training
- Joint mobilization and manipulation
- Soft tissue mobilization and massage techniques, including trigger point release
- Biofeedback therapy
- Electrical stimulation
- Relaxation techniques and mindfulness training
Please contact us at (707) 542-5400 for more information or to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about Physical Therapy and the services we provide.