We offer physical therapy services for patients with pelvic floor dysfunction. Our therapists use the latest techniques and evidence-based research to treat pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction, urinary incontinence and fecal incontinence.
Pelvic floor dysfunction treatment
Our pelvic floor therapists focus on two primary types of pelvic floor dysfunction:
- Weakness of the pelvic floor muscles
- Abnormal pelvic floor muscle tension
Physical therapy treatments often involve internal and external manual therapy, which is designed to decrease muscle and nerve dysfunction and restore patients to a functional, symptom and pain-free lifestyle. Our therapists work with you to determine which approach would be most effective for your condition.
Other treatments we offer include:
- Manual therapy: Helps align your body to improve posture, release tense muscles and loosen restrictive scars to enable normal body movement and function.
- Other physical therapy techniques: These can include muscle energy techniques, connective tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, strain/counterstrain, microcurrent, pelvic floor stretching and strengthening with or without biofeedback, and an individualized core exercise program.
- Injections: When needed, our urogynecologists will augment physical therapy with trigger point injections, pudendal nerve blocks or Botox injections to the pelvic floor.
- Strengthening or stretching: This may include yoga, Pilates, home activity or other hobby-related exercises.
- Coordination training: Therapeutic activities to normalize coordination of your core muscles. This includes biofeedback, a computer-generated monitoring of your pelvic floor muscles to assist you with performing exercises better.
- Patient education: Education is the most important component of the program and is a significant factor in your progress. We help you understand how and why your problem developed and provide you with information, diet and lifestyle advice to help you improve your condition and overall health, even while you are at home.
A variety of conditions can benefit from physical therapy, including:
- Pelvic pain syndromes, such as intersitial cystitis, vulvodynia, vulva vestibulitis and pudendal neuropathy
- Pelvic floor muscle spasms (vaginismus)
- Pain during or after intercourse (dyspareunia)
- Post-operative surgical pain (episiotomy, C-section, hysterectomy), scar pain or abdominal adhesions
- Low back pain
- Tailbone pain or pain with sitting
- Piriformis syndrome
- Urinary incontinence (stress, urge or mixed)
- Urgency and frequent urination
- Urethral pain or burning
- Fecal incontinence
- Outlet constipation (non-relaxing puborectalis syndrome)
- Painful bowel movements
Physical therapy benefits
Physical therapy to treat pelvic floor dysfunction has several benefits, including:
- Improved pelvic floor muscle awareness
- Improved inner core strength
- Improved lumbar spine and pelvic stabilization, which reduces lower back and hip pain
- Education to help prevent associated pelvic floor dysfunctions
Why choose us
We are Orange County's premier women's health physical therapy clinic because:
- We provide a comprehensive approach to treating complex conditions and syndromes.
- We work side by side and collaborate with other faculty physicians to provide comprehensive, holistic, outstanding care in one location.
- Our treatments and therapies are based on the latest evidence and current research.
- Your personal needs and goals are always taken into account when treatment plans are created.
- Our philosophy is to provide treatment excellence coupled with compassion while empowering women to take an active role in their healing process.
Our experienced, highly-trained physical therapists, Eltheia Shiozaki, PT, BCB-PMD, PRPC, and Stacie Groat, DPT, OCS, will work closely with you to treat your problem and help you resume your normal activities.
To schedule a consultation today, call 714-456-2911.