Pelvic Floor Therapy in Wesley Chapel, FL
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Our practice focuses on providing specialized pelvic floor therapy for pelvic floor issues, such as pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction, urinary and bowel conditions, orthopedic pelvic pain, and care during both pregnancy and postpartum.
Our licensed pelvic floor therapists, who are highly skilled and experienced, are dedicated to creating individualized treatment plans and educating you on how to care for your body and avoid future issues. We offer a range of treatment options and provide ongoing support to ensure your successful recovery. Allow us to guide you towards optimal health and wellness.
Personalized Care from Our Team
There are no two people exactly the same. Therefore, the reasons for pelvic floor dysfunction can present differently in each person even though the symptoms may affect the same body part. Our expert therapists will evaluate your condition and create a customized treatment plan that will get you back on track to being your best. Our staff will guide you through each visit with personalized attention and dedication.
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What We Treat
Bladder dysfunction is a general term used to describe a range of bladder-related problems that can affect anyone at any point throughout the lifespan.These problems can include urinary incontinence, frequency, urgency, and difficulty emptying the bladder.
Bowel dysfunction can present in many different ways including constipation, hemorrhoids, inability to control stool, urgency, and more. Our pelvic floor therapists can assess your body to develop an individualized treatment plan to bring lasting relief from bowel dysfunction.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition where the organs in the pelvis, such as the bladder, uterus, or rectum, drop down or bulge into the vaginal canal. It is a common condition that affects many women.
Prenatal and Postpartum Care
Our team of expert physical therapists possesses specialized, advanced training in treating musculoskeletal issues that may cause pain and dysfunction during both pregnancy and postpartum.
Are you pregnant and worried about the discomforts that come with childbirth? Are you looking for ways to prepare your body for the birthing process and make it as smooth as possible? Look no further!
Postpartum Return to Exercise
Returning to exercise postpartum can be daunting and overwhelming. You’ve got your 6 week clearance – now what? The internet can offer conflicting information regarding what exercises to integrate as you recover from childbirth. Let our expert pelvic floor therapists guide you and provide an individualized exercise program tailored specifically to you and your goals.
Pelvic Pain and Abdominal Pain
Pelvic pain can deeply impact your day to day life. Our pelvic floor therapists have taken advanced, specialized training and have a deep understanding of how to assess and treat the pelvic girdle, hips, spine, abdomen, and surrounding muscles and joints to help bring lasting relief from pelvic pain.
SEXUAL PAIN AND DYSFUNCTION
As pelvic floor therapists, we understand that sexual pain and dysfunction can be a challenging and sensitive issue for many individuals. Our team is dedicated to providing compassionate, trauma informed care to help you reach your goals with guidance each step of the way.
Get the Pelvic Health Care You Deserve
We make sure that our patients receive high-quality pelvic floor therapy as well as custom programs that are perfect for them!
The programs are designed to help you achieve your pelvic health goals. This is crucial to keep your strength up and prevent injury or recurrence of symptoms.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the pelvic floor?
The pelvic floor is a set of muscles that line the pelvic bowl and perform several essential functions, including supporting pelvic organs, stabilizing the pelvis and lumbar spine, and aiding bowel/bladder control and sexual function. These muscles are a crucial component of our core. They also contribute to sphincteric control and postural support.
Weakness in these muscles can lead to a variety of symptoms, such as involuntary leakage of urine or feces, passing of gas, or contributing to pelvic girdle or low back pain. Conversely, when the pelvic floor muscles are too tight, they can cause pain within the pelvis, difficulty emptying the bowels and/or bladder, painful intercourse, discomfort during gynecological exams, abdominal pain, and more. Pregnancy and delivery can cause numerous changes in the pelvic floor muscles, necessitating some postpartum care and attention, even after cesarean sections.
What is pelvic health pelvic floor therapy?
Pelvic health pelvic floor therapy targets musculoskeletal dysfunctions in the pelvis, hips, abdomen, and neighboring joints. In addition, treatment may involve restoring posture, strengthening the core and hips, practicing relaxation and down-training techniques, and providing manual therapies to the internal and external muscles, such as myofascial release, scar tissue mobilization, and visceral mobilization. The ultimate objective of pelvic pelvic floor therapy is to optimize the length, function, and activation of these muscles, allowing for unrestricted participation in daily activities such as coughing, sneezing, and laughing without worry of unwanted loss of urine.
What to expect for the first visit?
During the initial visit, we will review your medical history, birth history, bowel, bladder, and sexual function, and any other factors that could affect your function and ability to return to activities. Then, we will perform a physical exam of your orthopedic and pelvic floor muscles to identify contributing factors to your symptoms and develop your personalized treatment plan. An internal assessment may be recommended, but is never required at any visit.
Subsequent visits vary depending on the initial exam findings but typically include stretches, strengthening exercises, and educational information. For patients with vaginal, rectal, or lower abdominal pain, routine internal assessments are typically the most effective method of treatment, but external muscle groups may also benefit even if the diagnosis primarily involves internal muscles.
How often do I need therapy?
Typically, most patients require one visit every 1-2 weeks for a few weeks, and then they can decrease the frequency to every few weeks as they improve and become more comfortable with the exercises.
This approach provides enough time to work through the exercises and practice new strategies, preparing for the next set of exercises. If you have significant orthopedic aches and pains, it may be beneficial to schedule two visits per week until things are better managed. Then, we gradually decrease the frequency until you feel you have all the tools necessary to succeed and feel better overall.
I've done Kegels before and they never worked for me.
Many individuals have tried Kegels in the past in efforts to relieve their symptoms without success. We have found that oftentimes Kegels are actually not what an individual needs to see results. In fact, if a person has an overactive pelvic floor (too much muscle tone and tension), Kegels can exacerbate symptoms and make things worse. Our pelvic floor therapists have extensive knowledge and understanding of how to assess what your individual needs are and develop a treatment plan specific for you. Many times, this treatment plan does not include Kegels and focuses on other factors such as managing intra-abdominal pressure, addressing postural imbalances, improving general strength, and regulating breath patterns.
What are the Benefits of therapy after delivery?
After delivery, there is still work to be done as it takes time for the body to recover and adjust to a new normal. While some women may return to physical activity without issue, orthopedic issues that arose during pregnancy may not always resolve after delivery. Additionally, some women may experience new aches from the added stress of caring for a newborn. However, gentle stretches and exercises can often completely alleviate pain and discomfort.
But what if I "only" had a cesarean section?
Even if you have a cesarean delivery, your pelvic floor muscles are still affected by pregnancy. During pregnancy, these muscles have to support more weight from the baby and uterus, which places greater stress on them. Your posture changes significantly during pregnancy and this alters your muscle recruitment pattern.
However, after delivery, it is important to retrain and relearn how to properly use your muscles, focus on your posture, and regain strength. Additionally, if you had a cesarean delivery, your abdominal wall was cut, which can greatly impact the strength and recruitment of these muscles. Our pelvic floor therapists can guide you through your postpartum recovery, address and reduce pain and discomfort, and help you reach your fitness goals!
Is it normal to have leakage after having kids?
What other diagnoses can pelvic floor therapy address?
There is an array of symptoms that may occur. Pelvic health therapy can address the following, but is not limited to:
Diastasis Recti Abdominis
General weakness following pregnancy
Hip, low back, shoulder pain and/or headaches
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Urinary / Fecal Incontinence
Urinary Urgency / Frequency
Vaginal pain or tightness
When is it appropriate to start pelvic floor therapy after delivering?
You can begin pelvic health pelvic floor therapy as soon as you feel ready. If you have orthopedic issues that are affecting your ability to care for your baby, it may be helpful to start sooner to address any limitations. However, for an internal pelvic floor assessment and treatment, it is best to wait until your six-week postpartum checkup to ensure proper healing. Before that, we can discuss various techniques and strategies to promote healing and improve bowel and bladder function, which are commonly affected after delivery.