Pelvic floor therapy is the treatment of the muscles of the pelvic floor and ensuring these muscles are working well and in conjunction with the rest of the body. The pelvic floor muscles make up a hammock type sling at the bottom of your pelvis and are responsible for supporting the organs of the pelvic cavity (bladder, uterus, and rectum) along with numerous other jobs. The pelvic floor is one part of your core, so to truly address any dysfunction or impairment of the pelvic floor, you also need your abdominals, diaphragm, and back stabilizers assessed.
Pelvic floor therapists are either physical or occupational therapists that have gone on to take additional courses to learn how to diagnose and treat pelvic floor dysfunction.
Symptoms that your pelvic floor isn’t working properly can look different from person to person. Symptoms/diagnoses that I treat:
- Incontinence (leakage of urine or bowel)
- Urinary/Fecal urgency
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Pelvic pain (including pain with sitting and pain with intercourse)
- SI joint pain
- Pubic symphysis dysfunction/pain
- Diastasis recti
- Return to activity postpartum
- C-section scars/strengthening post c-section
Frequently Asked Questions
1Do you accept insurance?
At this time, I am not in network with any insurance plans but I am happy to provide a Superbill for you to submit to your insurance to see if they will reimburse any amount to you. I can accept FSA/HSA funds.
2What if I do not have children, but I think I have pelvic floor issues, can I still come in?
Absolutely! Although my business name has the word “Mom” in it, I treat anyone that anatomically identifies as female.
3How often/how long does someone work with a pelvic floor therapist?
This can vary greatly depending on where each person is starting and what goals they are working towards achieving. Typically, clients come for 6-8 visits one time per week.
4Do I need a referral?
Not necessarily. In the state of Minnesota, you do not need a referral to see a physical therapist (pelvic floor therapist included) for up to 90 days of treatment. (Example, if you start therapy on Sept 1st, you could come without a referral until Dec 1st)
5What if I’m not open to/interested in having an internal assessment, can I still see benefits of pelvic floor therapy?
Absolutely! Although an internal assessment can give us a lot of information, if you are not interested in having an internal assessment for any reason, you can still make progress with pelvic floor therapy.
6Can you help me if I’m pregnant or do I have to wait until after delivery?
Yes, you are welcome to come to pelvic floor therapy even while pregnant. Coming to pelvic floor PT while pregnant can help manage symptoms but also set you up with good ideas to help yourself once delivered.
7How soon after delivery can I see a pelvic floor therapist?
As soon as you feel ready! Standard practice is that no internal assessment would be conducted prior to 6 weeks postpartum but if you are feeling ready/in need of pelvic floor PT prior to 6 weeks, there are a ton of gentle exercises, breath work, and body mechanic education that can be started prior to 6 weeks. If at the 6 weeks mark you aren’t feeling ready to take on another responsibility, pelvic floor therapy, come when you are ready. You can still make improvements months/years after having children.
8How can I schedule with you?
You can schedule online at https://momrestoredpt.janeapp.com/, please ensure you click on the correct location!