You're not alone. We get a wide range of questions and share the most frequently asked questions below.
Question: what happens during a physical therapy evaluation?
Answer: your physical therapist will evaluate you on the first session. The therapist will take a history, assess posture, take measurements, and put together a physical therapy diagnosis and prognosis of your condition. We'll tell you why we think you're having symptoms and what we can do to help.
Question: how long will it take for me to get better?
Answer: everyone is different. There are many factors that affect how long it will take your body to heal. Most people report a noticeable change within the first month of starting therapy.
Question: what is the pelvic floor?
Question: what is pelvic floor dysfunction?
Answer: Pelvic floor dysfunction is a condition in which the pelvic floor muscles are not able to contract or relax normally. They can become weak or too tight, which may be related to a change in bladder, uterus, prostate, or bowel function.
Question: what happens during a pelvic floor exam?
Answer: a pelvic floor exam involves observing the vulvar skin and tissues, watching for proper voluntary pelvic floor tightening and relaxing, and internally (vaginal or rectal) assessing muscle tone and strength.
Question: does everyone with a pelvic or abdominal condition need a pelvic floor exam?
Answer: no. After taking a medical history, your physical therapist will decide if having a pelvic floor examination will benefit you.
Question: I am not comfortable with any internal assessment, but my doctor suggests that I need one. What do I do?
Answer: patients always have a choice in deciding which parts of an exam they are comfortable participating in. You say the word, we don't do it until you're ready.
Question: are physical therapy sessions performed privately?
Answer: our office offers private rooms with one-on-one sessions with your therapist.
Question: how do I sign up for a meditation session?
Question: I've never done yoga. How do I know your yoga classes are right for me?
Answer: Connect PT yoga classes are gentle. Because the classes are taught by certified yoga teachers that are also therapists, exercises can easily be modified to suit your condition.
Lessons from our therapists
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Exercises for Pregnancy and Delivery Prep
Physical therapy supports women during pregnancy. Hear Connect PT's own Aisling Linehan, PT demonstrate safe exercises that can minimize pregnancy-related pain and prepare women for delivery.
Male Pelvic Pain and Physical Therapy
Some men describe the “golf ball sensation” between their legs or heavy pressure in their rectum. Hear Connect PT’s own Rebecca Ironside, PT, describe how physical therapy can help treat pelvic pain for men.
Relaxation Techniques for Pain Management
Physical therapy can use meditation to help manage pain and muscle tension throughout the body. Join Connect PT’s own Karen Bruno, PT, as she offers three relaxation postures and walks through a meditation experience.
Diastasis Recti (or abdominal diastasis) is the separation of muscles in the abdomen that can remain after pregnancy. Join Connect PT's Michelle Dela Rosa, PT as she describes the factors that put women at risk, diastasis screening, and how to start exercising.
Gliding Cupping to Decompress and Mobilize Tissue
Physical therapists can use cupping for pain relief, softening of tight muscles, and increased blood flow. Connect PT's own Bryn Zolty, PT, demonstrates cupping on lower back muscles.
Yoga in Physical Therapy
Yoga can be incorporated into physical therapy for posture, flexibility, and strengthening. Connect PT's own Marzena Bard, PTA, demonstrates three yoga poses (mountain pose, downward-facing dog, cat-cow).
TMR: Total Motion Release®
If you’ve ever had hip or back pain, you may benefit from watching Connect PT’s own Karen Bruno demonstrate a Total Motion Release® technique to stretch the piriformis muscle.
Prostate Surgery and Physical Therapy
Hear about how men can strengthen their pelvic floor from Connect PT’s own Rebecca Ironside, PT. Physical therapy can help men treat incontinence and erectile dysfunction after prostate surgery.
The female perineum is the area between the vulva and rectum. Watch Connect PT's own Aisling Linehan, PT show how physical therapy can help this tissue remain soft and flexible for vaginal penetration, delivery, or healing after episiotomy scars.
For more information from external resources
- Osteoporosis - Find out how physical therapy can help fight osteoporosis. Click here to download PDF.
- Biofeedback for the pelvic floor muscles. Click here to download PDF.
- Pelvic muscle electrical stimulation. Click here to download PDF.
- Dehydration chart. Click here to download PDF.
- Poop chart. Click here to view the image.
- Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (ACHCPR)
- Urology Care Foundation
- Coccyx Pain
- Health Organization for Pudendal Education
- International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders
- International Pelvic Pain Society
- Interstitial Cystitis
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome Self Help and Support Group
- National Association for Continence
- National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) / US Department of Health and Human Services - (800) 891-5388
- National Vulvodynia Association's Support Network
- National Vulvodynia Society
- The Simon Foundation for Continence
- Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network
- Voices for PFD [pelvic floor dysfunction]
- Vulvodynia Information