Pelvic Floor Health
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You don’t have to suffer in silence.
Should I Consider Pelvic Health Physical Therapy?
Pelvic health symptoms are incredibly common and highly treatable.
Pain at rest or with activity in the:
- lower back
- pelvic floor walls/muscles
- Fecal incontinence
- Obstructed defecation
- Straining/feeling of incomplete emptying
Urinary incontinence or leaking
Especially during activity:
- vaginal delivery
- cesarean deliveries
- increased urinary frequency
- urinary urgency
- difficulty with emptying the
Increased urination during the day/night
Going to the bathroom more than 8 times in a 24-hour period.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Unexplained pelvic or abdominal pain
What is Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy?
The pelvic floor consists of the muscles and ligaments that support your reproductive and urinary tract. Physical therapists trained in pelvic floor therapy can provide musculoskeletal rehabilitation to alleviate pelvic floor dysfunction (i.e. muscle tightness, weakness, etc.) which can contribute to bladder, bowel, or pelvic symptoms (i.e. urinary or fecal incontinence, pain below the umbilicus, limitations in daily activities, etc.).
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The first step toward recovery is to schedule an appointment with us.
When should I seek advice for pelvic floor dysfunction?
Many people don’t feel comfortable talking about pelvic floor symptoms such as incontinence. But pelvic floor symptoms are actually very common and can be treated successfully, especially when addressed sooner than later. Don’t hesitate to learn more about your treatment options by talking with your primary care physician, gynecologist, or physical therapist.
What should I expect with treatment?
Pelvic floor therapy is meant to be pain-free and performed in a non-stressful environment. A trained and professional physical therapist will put you at ease by thoroughly explaining the selected interventions before and during the session.
Treatment will consist of exercises to improve the patient’s pelvic floor muscle strength, endurance, or muscle length using verbal and tactile cueing and simple biofeedback. Patients will be prompted to end assessments or treatments at any point if they become emotionally uncomfortable or experience significant pain.
Is an internal exam required for treatment?
A physical therapist can assess the general function of the pelvic floor by using external observation with cues and biofeedback. However, an internal assessment is the “gold standard” for fully assessing the pelvic floor if indicated.
If patients are not comfortable with this, this type of evaluation will be withheld. It is important to note that some patients are reluctant at first but choose to proceed with an internal exam after a few visits.
“Jasmine was so wonderful. She made the whole experience as comfortable as possible. She walked me through everything she was doing. Gave excellent instructions for things I needed to do at home! Because of that, my recovery has been very timely!”
What are you most looking forward to after physical therapy?
“Being able to sit through a whole movie without having to use the bathroom. Falling right asleep without feeling constant bladder pressure.”
“The pelvic floor therapy has helped with my hip pain. So I now feel able to do exercises I wasn’t able to do before. My long term hip pain is virtually gone.”
“Getting back into shape and easing the pain…Dr. Evans was amazing.”
Pelvic Health Physical Therapist
Be treated by a specialist.
Jasmine Evans, PT, DPT is an Internal Pelvic Health Physical Therapist. She earned the Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Health Physical Therapy (CAPP-Pelvic) from the APTA.
Call 217-398-9800 to schedule a free 30-minute consultation with a physical therapist.
Pelvic Health Resources
The purpose of this standard of care is to highlight best practices for pelvic health physical therapists when identifying, examining, evaluating, and treating women in the postpartum stage. Pregnancy and childbirth can negatively impact the pelvic floor, abdomen, and...
I was diagnosed with pelvic organ prolapse shortly after the birth of my fourth child. I started suspecting something was wrong when I felt a bulge in my vagina. It felt like a fullness, like something was sitting at the entrance of my vagina. I’ve had that feeling...
A certified pelvic health therapist, like Jasmine, can help you return to your life without worry and without pain. Congratulations to Jasmine Evans, PT, DPT at Mettler Center for her amazing accomplishment! Her dedication to pelvic health physical therapy is...
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