Our Pelvic Health Physical Therapist's commonly treat:
- Coccydynia (tailbone pain)
- Incontinence (stress or urge)
- Urinary urgency/frequency
- Painful bladder syndrome/interstitial cystitis
- Bowel dysfunction
- Pregnancy and postpartum related pain symptoms
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Pelvic Pain (pudendal neuropathy, sacroiliac joint pain, endometriosis, vulvodynia/vulvar vestibulitis, pubic symphysis dysfunction, chronic non-bacterial prostatitis)
- Dyspareunia (pain with intercourse)
- Pre/Post pelvic surgery (prostatectomy, hysterectomy, radiation/chemotherapy scarring, etc.).
Pelvic Health Physical Therapy encompasses a wide range of diagnoses associated with both women and men across the lifespan. What is the pelvic floor? It is a “bowl” of various muscles and ligaments that attach to your skeletal system including the pelvis and sacrum. They act like a sling to support your internal organs including uterus, bladder, rectum, and prostate. Your pelvic floor muscles have an association with how your bowel and bladder function, how your internal pelvic organs are suspended and supported through stabilization and reduced intra-abdominal pressures, they have a relationship with your respiratory diaphragm and how dysfunction of one or the other will create tension in the pelvic floor and subsequent pain and/or bowel and bladder dysfunction, and that is only part of the whole picture. The pelvic floor is similar to your shoulder muscles and will hold on to stress with increased tension that result in further dysfunction and pain. Typically the pelvic floor is not the only dysfunction, it is commonly accompanied by low back pain, sacral dysfunction, and hip pain. There are a number of compensatory muscles that form a close relationship with the pelvic floor that also attach to the pelvis, sacrum, and lumbar vertebra which is why you may also experience pain or discomfort in the low back or hips well before you notice pelvic floor, bowel, or bladder dysfunction.
Often people will hear that it is normal to have pelvic pain, to have prolapse (bladder, uterus, rectum falling out of place) or incontinence (loss of stool or urine) when you are pregnant or postpartum, when you are aging, when you perform heavy lifting, during a work-out, while running, or after surgeries involving the abdominal or pelvic organs. But, though it is common, it is not normal! It is your body’s way of telling you that it is not functioning the way it should. Our pelvic health physical therapist will work with you to empower you to regain control and get back to living the quality of life you deserve and can have.
What to expect from pelvic health physical therapy: An integrative approach that includes listening, education, balancing your musculoskeletal system, postural considerations, behavior modifications, diet considerations, stabilization of pelvis and related structures, specific exercises to maximize gains and restore function, and much more! At the initial visit you will have a customized thorough exam to assess pelvic stability, strength, range of motion, flexibility, and function, symmetry of your musculoskeletal system, postural alignment, and tissue restrictions. After the assessment we will discuss our findings and collaborate with you and your health care providers on a plan of care to reach your goals.
1170 Erbs Quarry Road, Suite 1, Lititz, PA 17543
P: (717) 537.9131
Therapist: Lynn Journey
Lititz Office Info