If you struggle with tight or weak pelvic floor muscles and are dealing
with urinary or bowel frequency, urinary or fecal incontinence, pain or
prolapse, physical therapy can provide great relief or even resolution.
These pelvic floor muscles help in holding your bladder and uterus (women),
and prostate (men) and rectum in place. The contractions and relaxation of
the muscles also help control your urine flow, bowel movements, and sexual
Causes of Pelvic Floor Disorders
Repeated straining (such as during a bowel movement or with a chronic
Pregnancy-related changes in the body
Straining during childbirth
Damage to the pelvic floor during childbirth
Decreased estrogen levels during menopause
During your first visit, you and your physical therapist will discuss your
health history, concerns and current symptoms. An internal exam may be
conducted to assess your pelvic floor muscles and help determine causes.
After a thorough evaluation, the physical therapist will develop a
personalized treatment plan that will include a detailed explanation and
demonstration of exercises to do at home. Your physical therapist may
recommend additional specialists and will work closely with your physicians
to keep them updated on your progress.
Pelvic floor muscle training
Abdominal and core strengthening
Instructions on how to stand, sit or move with less stress on the
Heat and cold therapy
Techniques performed manually by the therapist to stretch soft tissue
Using sensors to monitor your muscle activity on a computer
Electrical stimulation, which can help muscles contract more strongly.
Download our patient information packet,
All About Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy, and related handouts for further information:
Meet Our Team
Jenna Leader, PT, DPT
Marysa R. Warnhoff, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy