Restoring Comfort to Your Life
Pelvic physical therapy specializes in the treatment of conditions that patients may find intimate and private. Therapists with specialized training work closely with providers to treat bladder and bowel issues, as well as other pelvic floor dysfunctions.
How Can a Pelvic Physical Therapist Help?
Based on evaluation results, your physical therapist will determine how to best treat any of the following conditions:
- Urinary leakage, frequency/urgency, hesitancy and retention
- Bowel incontinence
- Pelvic pain
- Pain with sexual intercourse (dyspareunia)
What Should I Expect?
As a new patient, you will receive a thorough evaluation by your physical therapist. Initial visits take approximately one hour and follow-up visits are typically an hour in length. All appointments take place in a private room with a physical therapist specifically trained in pelvic health physical therapy.
Depending on your symptoms and level of discomfort, your physical therapist may use a variety of different therapies.
Common Physical Therapies
Some common physical therapies include:
- Manual therapy (myofascial release and trigger point of release) for pelvic floor musculature
- Neuromuscular electrical stimulation to decrease pain and to contract and relax pelvic floor musculature
- Visual Biofeedback training to increase awareness of how pelvic floor muscles work and how to better control them
- Heat modalities such as ultrasound and moist heat
- Pelvic floor exercises
- Breathing and relaxation training
- Postural re-education exercises
- Patient education (dietary influences, behavioral modification)
- Home exercise program instruction
Regain Your Independence
Patients’ goals are considered when every plan of care is created, and close communication is maintained with the patient’s physicians. All therapy is conducted in our 8,000 square foot outpatient facility and fully-equipped gym. We accept all insurance providers and obtain pre-approval before evaluating outpatients.
We understand the private nature of pelvic physical therapy. Our priority is making sure you are comfortable. Your sessions will always be one-on-one in a private setting with a highly trained and licensed physical therapist who specializes in pelvic health.
Catherine Joseph, MPT
Pelvic Health Physical Therapist
A licensed Physical Therapist for over 15 years, Catherine received her Masters in Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University. She is well-versed in the workings of the human body and is able to treat neurologic, adolescent and geriatric patients, as well as orthopedic and pelvic floor dysfunctions.