What is it?
Pelvic Floor dysfunction is a general term used to describe a wide range of problems which affect our
daily life, including pelvic pain, incontinence, organ prolapse, as well as chronic sacroiliac and low back
pain. Pelvic Floor dysfunction occurs when the muscles of the pelvic floor become weak or tight or there
is an impairment in the sacroiliac, low back, or hip region which is impacting the normal function of our
pelvic floor region.
The pelvic floor is made up of muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues. It’s primary roles are to
support our pelvic organs (bladder, bowel, reproductive organs), provide bowel/bladder control, and assist
in normal sexual function.
What is a Pelvic Floor Therapist?
Pelvic Floor therapists are therapists (PT/OT) who have received advanced training in evaluation and
treatment of conditions involving pain, weakness, or dysfunction of the pelvic floor muscles.
What Conditions Do We Treat?
As well as a variety of other conditions involving the pelvic region, including post-surgical care. If you
have any of these symptoms or diagnoses, pelvic floor therapy may help you to feel better, do better, and
What to Expect at Your First Appointment:
Here, at Ozark Physical Therapy, we work with you one on one to reach your goals. At your first
appointment we will spend some time going over the history of your current diagnoses. Then, we will complete
an external assessment to see how your posture, movement patterns, or joint issues may be affecting
your pelvic floor. Next, we may do an internal assessment to evaluate the internal musculature so we
can better determine what treatments will be most effective in your treatment.
Because we know internal physical therapy may be difficult for some people, our therapists are very aware and sensitive to
your individual needs and will not begin any internal assessment or therapy until you are ready.
We welcome questions about pelvic floor rehab prior to even starting therapy, in fact, we encourage it.
If you have questions about what typical sessions will look like, what kind of treatment options we
provide, or simply want to have a conversation with our therapist before starting therapy, please reach
out and contact us at (870) 423-6789 and we will be happy to have a conversation with you.