Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor Rehab
What is the Pelvic Floor and How Can Physical Therapy Help?
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles located in your pelvis between
the pubic bone and your tailbone. These muscles support the spine,
pelvis and internal organs, control the bladder and bowel muscles as
well as aide in sexual function.
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles, just like anywhere else in
your body, we treat them as such, they just happen to be in a
different neighborhood that no one likes to talk about. Just like
your shoulder muscles can become tight, painful, weak, causing
poor posture and compensatory movement strategies, the same
thing can happen in the pelvis and pelvic floor, causing pain and
dysfunction far beyond the pelvis. A physical therapist, specially
trained in pelvic floor rehabilitation can assess posture and
alignment of the body, movement, muscle strength, muscle tone
Common Conditions Treated:
● Pain and weakness associated with pregnancy
● Safe return to exercise and activity following pregnancy
● Diastasis Recti (the separation of muscle in your abdomen during pregnancy)
● Bowel and Bladder Control Issues
● Pelvic pain
● Sexual Difficulty
Your evaluation may include:
● Review or your medical history and pelvic floor function
● Analysis of your pelvic joint alignment and movement
● External observation and palpation of the pelvic floor muscles
● Internal vaginal examination: This differs from a gynecological exam. It is performed
without stirrups or speculum to look at the muscles of the pelvic region.
● Biofeedback evaluation and training uses sensitive computerized equipment that
enables you to see and hear how your muscles are responding to a contraction or a
relaxation via sensors placed externally.
● Please feel free to bring someone with you to the evaluation if you would feel more comfortable.
The evaluation helps guide the treatment plan for your unique needs. By combining
biofeedback and the musculoskeletal findings of the exam with physical therapy techniques you will be able to learn how to relax tight muscles, strengthen weak muscles and coordinate the pelvic floor with daily and recreational activities.
Required Registration Forms for Pelvic Floor Rehab:
If you are coming to Casco Bay PT for a pelvic floor evaluation and rehabilitation, please go to our PATIENT FORMS tab and download the specialized Pelvic Floor Intake Form. Complete the forms and bring them when you come in for your evaluation.