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WHAT IS PELVIC FLOOR PHYSICAL THERAPY?

The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that sits at the base of the pelvis, running from the tailbone to the pubic bone. These muscles play many roles in the body including supporting the spine, controlling the bladder and bowel, organ support, and sexual function. Due to their many functions, issues can arise that cause dysfunction across multiple systems of the body. These include the urinary, gastrointestinal, reproductive and orthopedic systems.   

Pelvic floor muscles are similar to regular muscles—they can cause pain and discomfort—and in most people they are under your volitional control. However, the pain often presents a bit differently and can be experienced as vaginal, rectal, clitoral, testicular, or penile pain and can be driven by multiple factors. With a holistic approach to treatment, pelvic floor physical therapy can help be your guide as you make your way through the medical maze while simultaneously decreasing your experience of pain and dysfunction.

My approach to pelvic health involves listening, investigating, planning, and executing. I encourage patients to exercise their autonomy by giving themselves permission to move and understand their bodies. I utilize my backgrounds in neuroscience, physical therapy, yoga, dance, martial arts, and strength and conditioning to inform a holistic approach to healing.

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM PELVIC FLOOR PHYSICAL THERAPY?

Anyone can benefit from pelvic floor physical therapy! I have experience working with both male and female sexes as well as ages ranging from 18-95. The conditions I treat with pelvic floor physical therapy include but are not limited to:

  • Urinary dysfunction: urgency, incontinence, retention, chronic UTI/yeast infections

  • Bowel dysfunction: urgency, constipation, incontinence, incomplete voiding, IBS, SIBO

  • Sexual dysfunction: pain with penetration/erection

  • Pain: pelvic and abdominal pain

  • Post-surgical: prostatectomy, C-section, excision/ablation surgery, organ/fibroid removal

  • Pre and Post-natal

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I will be the first one to say if I believe physical therapy is not right for you right now; however, I will always promote physical activity, mindfulness, and do everything I can to get you on your path to a better you.

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