Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy
The pelvic floor consists of muscles that stretch between the pubic bone and the tailbone to support your bladder, bowel, and uterus, helping you control your urine, bowel movements, and sexual functioning. When the pelvic floor is not functioning properly, it can cause urinary or bowel issues, as well as pain. Causes of pelvic floor dysfunction are not always known, but pregnancy, childbirth, posture, hormonal changes, sexual trauma, and stress are among some of the factors that may change the state of the pelvic floor. A pelvic floor physical therapist is trained to evaluate these muscles as well as your movement patterns, joint mobility/stability, and daily habits to help treat these symptoms.
Some of the most common diagnoses seen include: urinary incontinence, constipation, sexual pain (dyspareunia), scar sensitivity/pain, pain in abdomen, hip, pelvis, or spine, urinary frequency, urinary retention, rectus diastasis (abdominal separation in pregnancy), pregnancy related pain, and post-partum weakness.
Dr. Smith has worked over 8 years with pelvic floor dysfunction and has been involved not only with the treatment of patients, but the research and education of providers in the area of pelvic floor physical therapy. Dr. Smith has worked closely with many urogynecologists, gynecologists, doulas, and midwives to provide the most up to date and comprehensive care for her patients.
Evaluation and treatment is performed in a private setting and upon your first visit, Dr. Smith will provide you with a treatment plan, readily communicate with your referring provider, and provide you with a progressive home program to help you reach your goals.