Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

Does your bladder control your day because you’re always running to the restroom?
Do you have pain “down there” that is affecting your daily life?
Do you have difficulty with emptying when you go to the bathroom or feel like something just isn’t right “down there”?

A thorough examination by a Physical Therapist of your pelvic floor may help you resolve these concerns. Everyone has a pelvic floor; it is a group of muscles that have a squeeze and lift action to control urinary and anal sphincters, provide support for pelvic organs, act as an essential component of sexual function, and work with other muscle groups to form a solid base for the core.

Pelvic floor dysfunction can come from weakness or over activity and can affect both men and women of all ages, sizes, and activity levels. Dysfunction in the pelvic floor can be affected by many things, including diet, medication, and weight. A dysfunctional pelvic floor is also the largest cause of light incontinence in women following childbirth.


After evaluation, a licensed Physical Therapist can help to address the cause of muscle dysfunction. These muscles act just like every other muscle in our body – they need strengthening, endurance training, and flexing. Through an evaluation, a plan is developed to address these areas and help the patient meet his/her individual goals. A typical therapy session includes:

  • Education and awareness on how different components work together or independently and how some habits or hygiene can affect their symptoms.
  • Pelvic floor exercises to contract and relax muscles and breathing techniques to make exercises more effective.
  • Hands-on manual therapy to help with posture, blood circulation, and mobility.
  • Biofeedback for the pelvic floor to help a patient “see” how the muscles are working using a read-out on a computer.
  • A tailored program to match an individual’s goals

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