What is my pelvic floor?
Your pelvic floor is a group of muscles made up of three separate layers that connect within your pelvis. The pelvic floor muscles play an important role in bladder, bowel, and sexual function as well as providing support during pregnancy.
Prior to your first appointment, you will receive intake paperwork to complete that asks you questions about your bladder, bowel, and sexual function in addition to your diet and exercise habits. When you arrive for your appointment, your PT will review your intake paperwork in detail with you and discuss all goals you have for your physical therapy plan of care. You will then complete an orthopedic exam as well as an internal pelvic floor muscle assessment if needed. Your appointment will conclude with a discussion about the examination findings and proposed plan of care.
An internal assessment of the pelvic floor muscles through the vaginal canal is the best way to gain information about pelvic floor tension, strength and coordination. You may opt in or out of a pelvic floor internal assessment at any time and for any reason. An external assessment can be used instead if needed or preferred.
You should wear something that you feel comfortable moving around in. In addition to a pelvic floor assessment, we will be completing an orthopedic assessment of your full body, particularly hips, low back and abdomen.
Pregnancy is a great time to see a pelvic floor PT! Many aches and pains experienced in pregnancy are deemed “normal”, however, can be addressed to improve quality of life. Pelvic PT can also help prepare you for labor and delivery and early postpartum.
You can still come to your appointment, even if you have your period. Internal assessments and treatments can be held for the day if you prefer, however, it does not change our findings or plan or care either way.
Your children are welcome to attend your pelvic PT appointments if needed. We can modify what we are doing in your session and often include them as well. Our goal is to make PT fit in with your life, not the other way around.
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