"Pelvic Floor" physical therapy?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

We have only one physical therapist in Santa Fe that does this, my patients have quite a lot of success with it, we typically refer for urine issues, but our gynecologists refer for pain in this area as well as well as vaginal/pelvic floor issues. (i’m a clinic nurse)

 

I’ve had physical therapy for my low back in that area, and myofacial release/deep heated ultrasound, and a TENS unit which is electric stimulation with heat and ice were some of the first things the physical therapist did with me for my back. After a few sessions of this, then we finally started moving onto exercises. Each person is different, of course.

 

Here’s a link to answer some of your questions 

 

 

 

http://www.pelvicphysicaltherapist.com/whattoexpectonyourfirstvisit.html

 

 

 

Post # 4
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Busy bee

PT can definitely be a huge help for pelvic issues. I know several women whose symptoms and pain from pelvic problems was significantly decreased after physical therapy. 

The PT will work with you to train you to contract and relax your pelvic muscles to get them behaving normally. 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@wildflowerbee:  How do you find a therpaist that specializes in this type of work?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@hogoboom2012:  I underwent pelvic floor physical therapy for almost a year, and then recently went back once a week for about 5-6 weeks. THe first time was 3-4 years ago. It made a HUGE difference in pain, as well as just all around quality of life. When I finally got in (there was a huge wait list), I honestly could not even have a pelvic exam or fit a tampon in – everything was just so tense. Plus, I had lots of scar tissue.

My PT was so amazing and made me very comfortable. She let me know EXACTLY what to expect, and that if I was having a rough day I could skip certain aspects. Your treatment may be entirely different from mine. My therapist used a few different ways of working with me. She did trigger point therapy whihc is,um, internal. Most of teh time it was uncomfortable to slightly painful. Rarely it was truly painful, but I would tell my PT and she would use less pressure. She would also do “massage” on my abdomen – it’s not massage like relaxing, but almost rolling. Again, slightly uncomfortable. She also hooked me up to a machine kind of like a tens unit and had me strengthen my pelvic floor.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MsLobizon:  I think I have a tense problem (vaginismus) but I don’t think there’s any scarring and I Have no other conditions, so I definitely want to look into this!

Post # 8
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Busy bee

I would first try the Internet to search locally for Women’s Health Physical Therapists. if that doesn’t work, call a few clinics asking if they have Women’s Health PT’s. if the PT is specialized in Women’s Health, that’s a big bonus. 🙂 but even if they’re not specialized, they can have a lot of experience with pelvic problems and help you just the same

Post # 9
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Busy bee

Ask your referring physician or gyno to recommend a Women’s Health PT to you. They should know of some in your area.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I was reccomended to see a pelvic floor specialist a long time ago. I wasn’t able to do it but I have heard it’s very helpful.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Thank you!

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@hogoboom2012:  Thanks for this thread!  My GP just mentioned that it’s something I could do.  I’m not sure if I will or not, but I remembered seeing the title and not opening it and figured I would check this out as my doctor didn’t know too much about it.

Post # 14
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Helper bee

My sister had physical therapy for a similar issue. She couldn’t get Pap tests/ use tampons before. she said having children also corrects the problem. She had my nephew about a year and a half ago (yay! he is the cutest thing ever) im not sure she still has the problem.

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