“She’s very encouraging and always made me feel comfortable, if that’s possible, with a very uncomfortable problem. She taught me my exercises and provided great mental “memories” along with written visuals to clue me to my duties. I am so thrilled with my results! Thanks so much!”
“Throughout my treatment, my PT didn’t focus solely on the physical therapy to relieve my pain. She asked relevant questions about my habits and provided me with helpful suggestions, like switching to a mild soap. She also taught me several stretches I could do on my own or with my husband to enhance my treatment.”
“Interstitial Cystitis can be an isolating experience. Most people haven’t heard of it. Having a knowledgeable PT practitioner as a part of a support team is SO helpful. I appreciate her dedication to increasing awareness of IC and how physical therapy can help significantly with pelvic pain.”
“I wanted to say THANK YOU so very much for all of your help! Since I started working with you, I am able to sleep through the night pain-free and not be in constant pain throughout the day! Better yet, thanks to your work on releasing my pelvic floor and connected muscles, I am now singing [my profession] more freely, beautifully and easier than I’ve ever sung in my life! A Thousand Thanks!”
“Finding your clinic was a God send! I felt about 50% better just after the initial visit since I finally understood why I had pain 7-8 months post-partum. Then it only took 6-8 sessions to get me back to 95% and the rest I can do on my own.”
“When I first came in, two months after having a beautiful baby, I could barely walk fast without suffering from some incontinence. Now I’m at a point where I can jog or run up the stairs without any leakage! It’s a wonderful feeling.”
“It’s clear she cared about me as a whole person, not just my symptoms, and I truly enjoyed being her patient.”
“The end results have helped with not only reducing my physical pain, but also helped me psychologically.”
“This is a team that has knowledge and compassion; that is rare to find!”
“I don’t want to sound cliché, but after my first visit I had drastic improvement in my symptoms.”
APPROACH & EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
The Pelvic Therapy Specialist’s approach was developed by industry-leading healthcare professionals and proven by years of evidence-based research.
It is built on global best practices in physical rehabilitation that combine health science research in pelvic and orthopedic care.
Our unique and proven approach revolves around personalizing treatment specific to your needs.
We utilize an entire range of safe and effective techniques, modalities, and treatments, with most revolving around manual therapy techniques—a unique aspect of physical therapy that has proven to be profoundly effective. It includes:
You will always receive one-on-one physical therapy. You will never be left alone in a room hooked to a machine, or left in the care of a physical therapy aide or assistant.
A SUCCESS STORY
This proven medical- and evidenced-based approach paired with the sole focus on pelvic regional diagnoses allows us to deliver unparalleled, life-changing results.
Our patients achieve amazing outcomes every single day—and they do so via a treatment route that is safer, less invasive, and significantly more cost-effective than many traditional care options, such as surgery, prescription pain-killers, or injections.
Thousands of happy patients now living their lives to the fullest are a testament to our approach.
During your first appointment, your highly trained therapist will review your medical history and current symptoms.
After collecting your subjective history, your therapist will perform a thorough external and internal musculoskeletal examination.
The internal assessment is important, as the pelvic floor is involved in many of the diagnoses we treat. If you feel you would like to defer this portion of the evaluation, please indicate this wish to your physical therapist.
An evaluation may include some or all of the following:
- Postural and structural assessment
- Connective tissue assessment
- Myofascial tissue and trigger point release
- Pelvic floor examination; neural mobility and tenderness, muscle tone, connective tissue mobility, motor control
- Skin inspection
- Peripheral, adverse neural tension testing
- Home exercise program development
- Family training
After the evaluation has been completed, your therapist will discuss with you their assessment and treatment plan.
You are welcome to bring along another person to any and all physical therapy appointments.
TREATMENT & MODALITY DEFINITIONS
A treatment device that provides instant visual feedback regarding the function of muscles to increase self-regulation, awareness, and control.
Connective Tissue Manipulation
The movement of skin and/or muscles to release tension in the tissue and to increase range of motion. This results in increased blood flow thereby removing toxins, decreasing pain, and ultimately results in more pain-free mobility.
Sometimes used to treat stress incontinence, urge incontinence, pain, urinary and/or bowel retention.
Lymphatic massage/manual lymphatic drainage
Treatment that uses very light pressure with soft pumping movements in the direction of lymph nodes to help increase lymph flow, removing harmful substances from tissues and improving metabolism, which will increase immune function.
Fascia is a type of connective tissue that surrounds, separates, and connects muscles, organs, and other soft structures of the body. Myofascial release is application of sustained pressure to reduce fascial restrictions and trigger points to relieve pain, improve range of motion, relax muscles, and relieve neurological dysfunction.
Adhesions, abnormal tone, or displacement may result in disharmonious movement between internal organs which in turn may lead to chronic irritation and pain. Visceral manipulation uses gentle palpation and manual therapy to evaluate and correct those imbalances.
ADDITIONAL PATIENT RESOURCES
Below are names of various pelvic diagnoses related websites:
American Physical Therapy Association: Women’s Health Section
American Urogynecologic Society
Biofeedback Certification Institute of America American Chronic Pain Association, Inc. (ACPA)
International Pelvic Pain Society
Interstitial Cystitis Association
Interstitial Cystitis Network
International Organization of Physical Therapists in Women’s Health
International Painful Bladder Foundation
International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health
Institute for Women in Pain
Move Forward – Physical Therapy Brings Motion to Life
National Association for Incontinence
National Vulvodynia Association
National Lymphedema Network
Oprah On Women’s Health Physical Therapy
Prostate Health Guide
Health Organization for Pudendal Education
Herman & Wallace – Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute
Society for Pudendal Neuralgia
The National Pain Foundation
The Women’s Sexual Health Foundation
Vulvar Pain Foundation
Pelvic Therapy Specialists seeks to educate the community and individuals on musculoskeletal dysfunctions and causes of pelvic pain. Specific medical advice and/or answers to your personal health questions will require a full examination by one of our physical therapists. This website is not intended to be a substitute for a medical evaluation, but rather as an educational resource.
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