Pelvic floor physical therapy (PT) is a specialized field of physical therapy focused primarily on the muscles of the pelvic floor and the surrounding tissues. Your pelvic floor muscles sit in the base of your pelvis and are important for bowel and bladder function, sexual health, and normal breathing patterns. Like any other muscle group in the body, the pelvic floor muscles can be tight, weak, or painful.
At Bebé PT, our pelvic floor specialists are Doctors of Physical Therapy with specialized training in women’s health and the pelvic floor. In your first visit, they assess your pelvic floor and surrounding tissues, and then create an individualized plan of care based on your needs and their clinical findings. Treatment plans can include manual therapy to the pelvic floor, scar mobilization, as well as strengthening and mobility exercises for your core, hips, and pelvic floor. Sometimes, other tools may be used to further promote strength, coordination, and mobility. These tools include the kegel devices (e.g., kGoal, Elvie), vaginal weights, and vaginal dilators.
Pelvic floor PT does not always involve internal interventions. At Bebé PT, we can help you prepare for labor and delivery by strengthening your glutes, core and pelvic floor, as well as teaching you how to properly “push” or bear-down prior to delivery.
Pelvic Floor stretching and strengthening exercises and physical therapy can help you: