What is Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation (PFR)?
- PFR is a conservative treatment approach for men and women used to improve dysfunctions that affect bowel and bladder function, sexual health and pain.
- PFR can be effective in both non-surgical, pre and post-surgical situations.
- Physical therapists (PTs) who are trained in PFR may utilize behavioral strategies, manual (hands-on) therapy, exercise, and functional movement retraining to treat pelvic floor dysfunction.
- Modalities: PTs may use “modalities” including E-stim, biofeedback and dry needling within their treatment plan.
Why Should I see a PT?
- PTs provide education regarding the root causes of symptoms.
- PTs are movement experts and will teach your entire body to work synergistically with the overall goal of preventing symptom recurrence.
- PTs design and progress an individualized treatment plan that is realistic for each patient.
- PT is a low-risk, evidence-based, first-line treatment option for pelvic floor dysfunction and can even help reduce reliance on medication and prevent surgery in cases including but not limited to:
- Post-prostatectomy incontinence
- Urinary incontinence in women postmenopause
- Pelvic organ prolapse, sexual dysfunction and pelvic pain
- Diastasis recti and pregnancy-related pelvic floor dysfunction
What Do You Treat?
- Incontinence (stress, urge, frequency, mixed urinary incontinence)
- Pelvic Pain
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Peri-partum and postpartum conditions
- Sexual dysfunctions