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What is Pelvic Physical Therapy?

Categories: Pelvic Health

We as Physical Therapists (PTs) are healthcare professionals who are experts in movement.  We use our unique skills to help individuals of all ages optimize their long term health, quality of life, and ability to perform functional activities.  We examine each patient and together develop an evidence-based treatment plan to restore movement, optimize function, reduce pain and prevent loss of mobility.  We incorporate prescribed exercise programs, hands on treatment and education in order to help our patients work toward healthier and active lifestyles. 

For us as Pelvic Physical Therapists, we’ve chosen to dedicate our clinical practice to the specialty of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy.  This requires a lot of extra training beyond entry-level physical therapy practice.  We utilize current research, clinical expertise and patient experience to guide treatment for women/men/transgender individuals with pelvic and abdominal health issues at all stages of life.  We address intimate issues involving the abdomen, pelvis, hips, spine, pelvic floor muscles, organs and related structures.  This requires an integrated and thorough understanding and evaluation of many systems of the human body. 

Common patient issues we see in our practice include chronic pelvic/abdominal pain, pregnancy/postpartum care, urinary/fecal incontinence, voiding difficulty, sexual dysfunction/painful intercourse, pelvic organ prolapse, and considerations before/after surgery, etc.  In conjunction, we address frequently related issues of low back pain, mid-back/rib pain, hip pain, sacroiliac dysfunction, tailbone pain, among other contributors to pelvic/abdominal symptoms. 

One way we differ from our other PT colleagues is that we are skilled and trained in internal pelvic floor muscle assessment and treatment.  If appropriate for a patient’s symptoms and with consent, we are able to examine and treat the pelvic floor muscles (and their owners) by way of the vagina and/or rectum.  We ask that patients always advocate for their needs, goals and comfort levels in PT — and we will give the respect and space needed to address these often highly intimate and sensitive conversations and treatment options. You, the patient, are in the driver’s seat and we are here to listen and provide our expertise and service to your level of comfort.  We see this region as a normal and critical part of our overall health, often under-addressed and misunderstood in our healthcare system. We seek to normalize the pelvic and abdominal health conversation as a fundamental component of our overall health.

Call 970-221-1201 to schedule your pelvic health appointment.

Dr. Gina Yeager and the Pelvic Health Team