What is Pelvic Rehabilitation?
A non-surgical approach to rehabilitation of dysfunctions in the pelvis that contribute to bowel, bladder, sexual health, and pain complaints. Approaches may include behavioral strategies, manual therapies, modalities, therapeutic exercise, education, and functional re-training.
Common Pelvic Floor Conditions:
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Urinary urgency and frequency
  • Painful bladder syndrome/Interstitial cystitis
  • Urinary hesitancy or delay
  • Incomplete emptying or retention
  • Urethral pain
  • Detrusor instability (Overactive bladder)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Coccyx pain
  • Groin pain
  • Sacroiliac pain
  • Pain with penetration
  • Pudendal neuralgia
  • Vulvar pain
  • Vulvar vestibulitis
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Post-hernia repair
  • Perineal pain
What can I expect at an appointment?
  • Attending a pelvic rehabilitation appointment is very much like any rehab appointment
  • You will have an opportunity to share your concerns and goals
  • You will be offered options regarding assessment and treatment
  • Following your initial visit, you will be informed of the examination findings, and options for treatment
  • You will be provided with suggestions for a home program or self-care, so that you can actively participate in your healing process
  • Your therapist will communicate with your health care providers as appropriate
  • Your therapist will complete an examination of how you move your body
  • The pelvic muscles can also be assessed to see if there is weakness, tension, pain, or lack of coordination
  • Biofeedback may also be used during an evaluation
  • Education in bowel and bladder habits, food and fluid, and self-care
  • Instruction in home programs for muscle strengthening, relaxation, or coordination as needed
  • Manual therapy approaches that may include internal pelvic muscle treatment
  • Instruction in self-care
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