Pelvic Floor Therapy

Pelvic Floor Therapy

Relief & Wellness with holistic pelvic floor care

Believe it or not, many people engage in pelvic floor therapy without consciously realizing it. Everyday activities such as proper posture, mindful breathing, and even certain exercises contribute to the well-being of the pelvic floor. Maintaining good posture helps align the pelvic organs, while mindful breathing supports relaxation and proper muscle function. And, exercises like yoga and Pilates often incorporate movements that strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, promoting overall pelvic health

Pregnancy places unique demands on a pregnant person’s body, and the pelvic floor is no exception. Prenatal pelvic floor therapy focuses on preparing expectant mothers for the physical challenges of pregnancy and childbirth. This specialized therapy aims to enhance pelvic muscle strength, improve flexibility, and address any existing pelvic issues. Prenatal classes often include exercises and techniques that empower mothers to actively participate in their own pelvic health during pregnancy.

After childbirth, some may experience changes in their pelvic floor function, leading to issues such as urinary incontinence or pelvic pain. Postnatal pelvic floor therapy becomes crucial in restoring and rehabilitating the pelvic floor muscles. Therapists work with new mothers to strengthen weakened muscles, improve flexibility, and address any lingering discomfort. Postnatal care can significantly contribute to a smoother recovery and prevent long-term complications associated with pelvic floor dysfunction.

While pelvic floor therapy can benefit individuals of all genders and ages, certain groups may find it particularly beneficial. People experiencing pregnancy or postpartum changes, individuals with pelvic pain or dysfunction, and those with specific medical conditions such as endometriosis or pelvic organ prolapse are prime candidates for pelvic floor therapy. Additionally, athletes, especially those involved in activities with repetitive pelvic movements, can also benefit from targeted pelvic floor exercises to enhance performance and prevent injuries.

Quick tips for Pelvic Floor health at Home

1. Deep Breathing

Sit comfortably with your back straight and shoulders relaxed. Inhale deeply through your nose, allowing your diaphragm to expand. Exhale slowly and completely through your mouth, engaging your abdominal muscles.

2. Hip Opening

Practice gentle hip-opening stretches like the butterfly stretch. Sit on the floor, bring the soles of your feet together, and let your knees fall to the sides. Hold your feet and gently press your knees towards the floor.

3. Pelvic Tilts

Lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Inhale, then exhale as you tilt your pelvis upward, pressing your lower back into the floor. Hold for a moment, then inhale as you release back to the neutral position.

4. Leg Slides

Lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Slowly slide one foot away from your body along the floor, keeping the pelvis stable. Return to the starting position and repeat with the other leg.

Commonly asked questions

How long does it take to see results from pelvic floor therapy?

The timeline for seeing results can vary depending on the individual, the specific condition being treated, and adherence to the therapy plan. Some individuals may experience improvement after a few sessions, while others may require a more extended period. That said, our goal is to get you back to your daily life as usual as soon as possible, in as few visits as possible.

Do I need a referral from a doctor to see a pelvic floor therapist?

While some insurance plans may require a referral in order for you to take advantage of your benefits, you do not always need a referral in order to see a pelvic floor therapist. We are in network with some insurances and also offer cash-pay options which allow you to be in control of who you see and when.

Can men benefit from pelvic floor therapy, or is it only for women?

Pelvic floor therapy is beneficial for individuals of all genders. Men may seek pelvic floor therapy for issues such as pelvic pain, erectile dysfunction, or post-prostatectomy concerns.

Is pelvic floor therapy painful?

Pelvic floor therapy is generally designed to be comfortable, and we’ll work collaboratively with you to ensure a positive experience. While some discomfort may be involved, it should not be excessively painful, and we aim to create a safe and supportive environment.

Your Pelvic floor specialist

Alisa earned her undergraduate degree at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from UT Health in San Antonio. While completing her studies, Alisa was awarded several scholarships based on academic achievement, including the AMBUCS Scholarship for Therapists, the American Association of University Women San Antonio Graduate Scholarship and the UT Health Physical Therapy Alumni Association Scholarship.

Alisa Patel, PT, DPT

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