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Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Treatment Information
Patients in need of pelvic floor rehabilitation may have one or more of the following symptoms:
- Leaking of urine or stool
- Straining to complete urination or to have bowel movement
- Feeling of incomplete emptying of bowel or bladder
- Weak urine stream
- Urination more frequently than every 2 hours
- Pressure or pain in the lower abdomen
- Pressure or pain in the pelvis
- Painful urination or bowel movement
- Pelvic pain with prolonged sitting
- Pelvic pain with long walks
- Pain with intercourse
- Inability to participate in outside activities because of symptoms
If you experience any of the above symptoms, a physical therapist may be able to help. Your trained physical therapist will work with you one-on-one to develop a plan of care that meets your individual goals. Through several therapy sessions you and the therapist will work on the following:
Therapeutic exercises. These exercises are used to treat appropriate muscles identified during the examination. They include strengthening and/or stretching of pelvic floor, hip and low back.
Hands on therapy. This type of therapy is used to assist with muscle training and coordination. Hands on treatments help relax internal muscles for more effective rehabilitation.
Body mechanics, posture and movement. These therapies often impact the pelvis because of the direct relationship with hips and low back musculature. Specific movements will be reviewed and suggestions will be provided to minimize areas of concern and painful movement patterns.
EMG biofeedback. This is a muscle training tool that utilizes an internal or external sensor to measure the level of activation in a muscle. It provides a visual representation of how the muscles are performing with a given movement or exercise.
Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Support Services
Patient education and support is available through the following organizations and many more your therapist can provide. Patients are given proper education in order to increase their independence and empowered to continue reaping the benefits of therapy beyond the scheduled sessions.
A Sampling of Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Support Services
International Pelvic Pain Society
This website provides information for patients and caregivers for diagnosing and managing chronic pelvic pain.
Intersticial Cystitis Network
This website provides education and support for patients suffering from intersticial cystitis, bladder problems and pelvic pain.
National Vulvodynia Association
This website is dedicated to improving the health of those suffering from chronic vulvar pain, through education, research, support and advocacy.
Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Rehabilitation Locations
IU Health Saxony Hospital Adult Outpatient Services
13100 E. 136th Street, Suite 2100
Fishers, IN 46037
IU Health Methodist Professional Center
1801 N. Senate Blvd., Suite 1438
Indianapolis, IN 46202
IU Health University Hospital Adult Outpatient Center
550 University Blvd., Room 4175
Indianpolis, IN 46202