What is Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Anyway?
A physical therapist is a specialist in the musculoskeletal system which includes muscles, bones and nerves of the body. They know about movement and pain.
Pelvic Floor Specialty
Pelvic Floor physical therapists are even more specialized, focusing specifically on pelvic health issues. These include pelvic pain, pre and post-natal care, orthopedic pain (low back, hip, groin and tailbone), GI issues, and more.
Wide Range of Experience and Expertise
Within the field, there is a wide range of expertise among pelvic floor physical therapists. Anyone is able to call themselves a "specialist", but some pelvic PTs may have only taken a single class in the pelvic floor.
There's a wide range of experience and expertise when dealing with pelvic floor issues. Most of our patients (about 70%) have been to multiple pelvic PTs without relief before coming through our doors.
Finding the Right Pelvic PT
So how can you find the right pelvic PT for you? There's no foolproof method, but hopefully this can give you the questions to ask and things to look for in a pelvic PT. They should:
· Work in a specialty setting (not just seeing pelvic patients part-time at an ortho clinic)
· Treat you hands-on for at least an hour, working on both internal and external factors at every visit
· Not simply hook you up to a biofeedback machine and tell you to try and 'relax'
· Provide you a home program to build on your gains in between sessions
· Be able to thoroughly explain what is going on and manage all aspects of your care (including suggestions for nutrition, medical management, or other approaches)
If you have been to another pelvic floor PT who has only hooked you up to a machine, kept you on your back the entire time, or leaves you in a room alone to do exercises, fill out a phone request on our main page to talk to one of our Physical Therapists about how different your experience will be with Rome PT!
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