Alaska Physical Therapy Specialists
Alaska Physical Therapy Specialists

Pelvic Health Physical Therapy

Pelvic Health Physical Therapy

Pelvic Health Physical Therapy is uniquely designed to treat female and male pelvic anatomy with conditions that relate to urologic, musculoskeletal, sexual, and colorectal health.

Our therapists perform a comprehensive evaluation which includes an assessment of posture, pelvis alignment, lumbar spine and hip joint mobility, strength, and soft tissue mobility. All treatments
are individualized and focus on a whole body approach to help achieve your goals.

Pelvic Health Physical Therapy can make a difference for the following diagnoses:

  • Vulvodynia
  • Vaginismus
  • Endometriosis
  • Pudendal Neuralgia
  • Urinary Incontinence (Stress and Urge)
  • Diastasis recti (separation of abdominal muscles)
  • Pain related to pregnancy such as pubic symphysis pain and separation
  • Pain associated with scars (postsurgical or postpartum)
  • Low back, coccyx, pelvic and hip pain
  • Neck/upper back/shoulder pain, headaches, and thoracic outlet syndrome
  • IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Bowel dysfunction (constipation or incontinence)
  • Return to fitness after pregnancy
  • Musculoskeletal limitations related to bed rest (high-risk pregnancy)

Pregnancy can lead to:

  • Increased blood volume can lead to swelling
  • Changes in hormone levels cause ligament and joint laxity which can contribute to pain
  • Weight gain causes postural changes
  • Forward shift in the body’s center of gravity
  • Vaginal delivery and caesarean delivery: possible injury
    to the pelvic floor muscles, which can lead to incontinence, pain, prolapse, scar adhesions, and core weakness\
  • Pain during pregnancy:
    • Low back, pelvic, hip pain
    • Pubic symphysis pain/separation
    • Neck and upper back pain
    • Shoulder/arm pain and tingling
    • Carpal Tunnel
    • Headaches
    • Urinary incontinence
    • Leg/foot pain, weakness, and/or swelling
    • Diastasis recti (separation of abdominal muscles)
    • Musculoskeletal limitations related to bed rest
      (high risk pregnancy)
  • Pain during Postpartum:
    • Low back, pelvic, and hip pain
    • Pain associated with scars
    • Urinary incontinence
    • Postural and body mechanics challenges while
    • lifting and breast feeding
    • Pelvic floor weakness
    • Difficulty returning to exercise

Physical Therapy treatment will consist of:

  • Identifying individual goals and developing a treatment plan to achieve those goals through physical therapy.
  • Manual Therapy: joint and soft tissue mobilization
  • Therapeutic Exercise: education and instruction in individualized exercise prescription for your specific pregnancy and postpartum needs. Exercise can consist of strength training, endurance exercises, flexibility exercises and balance training.
  • Bracing/Supports: to add stability and reduce pain and stress on the body to allow for greater functional mobility
  • Education: posturing training for breast feeding, lifting strategies, carrying infant/child in/out of car seat, safe labor positions to reduce current orthopedic conditions and concerns, relaxation techniques
  • Safe return to fitness and exercise after delivery
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