Pelvic Floor Therapy

I partner with pregnant and postpartum women to maintain wellness or return to fitness from injury. A thorough medical history and evaluation is perform to plan the best pelvic floor exercises for your specific injury.  I provide you the tools you need to maintain a healthy pregnancy and return to postpartum activities. It’s never too late to start your postpartum journey. I am here to help resolve your pelvic pain, urinary incontinence and ensure you are ready for the demands of your active lifestyle. 

Diagnosis I Treat:

  • Diastasis Rectus 
  • Urinary Incontinence 
  • Symphysis Pubis Pain 
  • Tailbone Pain 
  • Groin Pain 
  • Dyspareunia (painful intercourse) 
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse 
  • C-Section Scar Tissue

NOT SURE IF YOU NEED PELVIC FLOOR THERAPY BEFORE RUNNING?

3D Runner Pelvic Therapy Postpartum Return to Running Checklist 

This checklist will determine if pelvic floor therapy is needed prior to running.

Do you have these symptoms?

  I sometimes have low back pain or pelvic pain (buttocks, pubic bone, genitals, or bladder) which is greater then 3 on a 1-10 scale (10 is worse pain). 

 I sometimes have heaviness of the pelvic area like my pelvic organs are falling out.

❑ I sometimes experience urinary leakage in daily activities, or unable to fully empty bladder.

❑ I sometimes experience an inability to control bowels in daily activities, or unable to full empty bowels.

***If you answered yes to any of the questions above, contact me for a pelvic floor physical therapy evaluation before to returning to running.

Are you able to…

      In standing, can you perform the following two pelvic contraction exercises without pain?

❑ 1) 10x fast reps (fully contract and relax pelvic floor muscles) in under 8 seconds.

❑ 2) 60 seconds hold of a gentle squeeze of the pelvic floor muscles at roughly 50% of full contraction.

❑ Can you perform side lying hip abduction 20 times each leg without pain (lifting your leg up while on your side)?

❑ Can you roll from your back to stomach 5 times each side without contracting your legs and without coning?

❑ Can you perform split jumps for 30 seconds without pain or symptoms listed above? 

*** If you answered no to any of the questions above, contact me for a pelvic floor physical therapy evaluation before to returning to running.

 

What is Involved in Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy?

During a pelvic floor physical therapy evaluation, there is a through assessment of your posture, alignment, breathing mechanics and various clinical tests to identify the underlying cause of injury. During your first or seconds appointment, a comprehensive internal pelvic floor assessment will be performed. This allows me to identify the muscles and nerves contributing to your pelvic floor injury. I will be spending the entire duration of your appointment with you to perform hands on techniques, re-educate faulty movement patterns and monitor a progressive exercise program. Patients have improvement in symptoms in 2-4 sessions.