What is Pelvic Physical Therapy?

What is pelvic physical therapy?

Pelvic physical therapy is a specialization within physical therapy that addresses musculoskeletal dysfunction of the muscles of the pelvic floor as well as the muscles stabilizing the hips and core. Dysfunction in these muscles can lead to urinary or fecal incontinence, constipation, pelvic pain (including pain with sexual activity), difficulty reaching orgasm and even erectile dysfunction.

Who can benefit from pelvic physical therapy?

Men, women and children can all benefit from pelvic physical therapy. Some common diagnoses include:

  • Children with constipation, bed wetting, soiling of urine/feces during the day.
  • Women with pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, prolapse and post-partum.
  • Men with pelvic pain (including testicular and penile pain), erectile dysfunction, and urinary incontinence post-prostatectomy.

Who can practice as a pelvic physical therapist?

A physical therapist who completes post-graduate advanced education on the evaluation and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction. These physical therapists often have additional post-graduate education on other systems including orthopedic, gastrointestinal, pediatric, reproduction/sexual health and are experts in treating musculoskeletal conditions of the pelvis.

Published by dptrose

Rose is a Physical Therapist who has experience evaluating and treating orthopedic, neurological and pelvic floor dysfunction. After receiving her Doctor of Physical Therapy from San Diego State University, Rose pursued further education in Pelvic Floor rehabilitation through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and has a passion for treating both men and women with pelvic floor dysfunction. Rose utilizes myofascial release techniques, joint mobilizations, muscle energy techniques and incorporates individualized functional strength and stabilization exercise to empower her patients and help them return to the activities they love. In her free time, Rose enjoys salsa dancing, playing tennis and spending time with friends and family in beautiful San Diego.

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