What is Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy?
Pelvic floor physical therapy is the application of evidence-based evaluation and intervention techniques for the treatment of pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. It involves a thorough musculoskeletal assessment and internal pelvic floor muscle evaluation from which an individualized treatment program is created.
Treatment programs can include:
- Patient education
- Behavioral management
- Comprehensive exercise program
- Surface EMG biofeedback
- Electrical stimulation
- Manual therapy
Who Will Benefit from Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy?
Patients diagnosed with:
- Urogenital conditions
- IC/Painful bladder syndrome
- Urgency/Frequency overflow
- Incontinence pelvic pain
- Colorectal Conditions
- Chronic constipation
- Fecal incontinence
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Proctalgia fugax
- Musculoskeletal Dysfunction
- Coccyx pain
- Pudendal neuralgia
- Lumbosacral dysfunction
Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy and Prostate Surgery
Evidence suggests that pelvic floor muscle training both before and after prostate surgery, improves continence following the procedure. Pelvic floor physical therapy can offer patients:
- Pre-op muscle evaluation with the use of surface EMG biofeedback to identify and improve pelvic floor muscle control.
- Early post-op behavioral and dietary information with initiation of core and pelvic floor strengthening.
- Progression of core and pelvic muscle strengthening after catheter removal with a home exercise program.
The goal of pelvic floor physical therapy is to return patients to their optimal level of function using education, exercise, and manual treatment strategies.