Did you know that we can help with your prenatal / postpartum needs, as well as help with pelvic pain and incontinence?
What is Pelvic Health PT?
Pelvic health physical therapy is a specialized type of physical therapy that evaluates and treats symptoms and diagnoses related to the pelvic floor. A thorough evaluation performed by a physical therapist can provide insight into possible factors contributing to the patient’s symptoms and facilitate the development of a personalized plan of care for that patient based on their individual needs. Through a collaborative approach between patient and physical therapist, pelvic floor physical therapy can help to relieve pain, improve bladder control, improve sexual function, and improve overall quality of life.
What Conditions and Patient Populations Do We Treat?
- Pelvic Pain
- Dyspareunia (pain with intercourse)
- Vaginismus (involuntary tensing/spasming of muscles surrounding the vagina)
- Pelvic girdle pain
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
- Urinary Incontinence (Check out our blog post here for more info)
- Stress incontinence
- Urge incontinence
- Prenatal/Postpartum (Check out our blog post here for more info)
- Perineal scar pain
- Cesarean scar pain
- Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA)
*The conditions above are not an exhaustive list of the conditions we are equipped to treat. If your diagnosis/symptoms are not listed above, please contact us at 802-865-0010 to find out how we can help you!
What to Expect During Your First Visit:
During your first visit, the therapist will start the session by talking to you to learn more about you and how your symptoms have been affecting you. Next, the physical therapist will perform a physical examination. Typically, during your first session, the examination will be external, which will include measuring spine and hip range of motion, spine and hip joint mobility, leg muscle flexibility, leg muscle strength, and core stabilization/strength. Your posture, gait pattern, balance, and breathing may also be observed, as these factors can impact pelvic floor function. If the therapist determines an internal examination would be beneficial to provide more information regarding possible contributing factors related to your symptoms and/or potential treatment options, the therapist will discuss this further with you to ensure your comfort and your consent would be required before proceeding. All patients have the right to a third party present during internal exams and/or internal treatments if they would prefer it. This can include a family member, a friend, and/or another healthcare professional. Please let your physical therapist know if you would prefer to have a chaperone present so that accommodations can be made. Internal examination can be done during the initial evaluation, however, is often performed in subsequent sessions based on the patient’s needs and time available.