Pelvic Floor Therapy
What is Pelvic Floor Rehab?
Lets first start off by talking about what the pelvic floor is: The pelvic floor is made up of the muscles deep within the pelvis that support our organs and provide stability and alignment to our pelvis and trunk. These muscles control the flow of urine and bowel movement, support our organs and are important for intimacy. Because they support the core muscles that serves as the starting point for all movement, these muscles are a source of inner strength for woman and men throughout their lives.
Pelvic floor rehab provides treatment for a number of disorders:
Pelvic organ prolapse
Pain with intercourse
Pregnancy and post partum pain
Pelvic floor problems affects women through all stages of life, This can include pain with intercourse, pelvic and lower quadrant pain, organ prolapse, urinary urgency and incontinence, fecal incontinence and chronic constipation.
You are not alone: 20% of women suffer from urinary incontinence, 18% of women suffer from pelvic floor pain. After your 1st childbirth a woman is 4x more likely to have a pelvic organ prolapse. After 2 births a woman has an 8x more chance of prolapse. Childbirth can cause your perineal tissue to stretch over 30x past its capacity to deliver your precious child. If a woman suffers from a 3rd degree tear she has a 70% chance of developing fecal incontinence in her lifetime. No wonder so many women have issues with pelvic floor dysfunction.
There is hope, pelvic floor rehab can be your answer to rid yourself of the pain and embarrassment. You can regain the quality of life you desire! Treatment depends on your personal issue.
All treatment is evidence based including hands on treatment, biofeedback, exercise, ergonomic and preventative treatment. Pelvic Floor can be a great treatment option for preventative measures. Ask us about our postpartum package.
Keep tuned for future treatment advancements. In the process of achieving education in physical therapy and manual treatments for infertility. There is no reason to suffer with pelvic floor pain and dysfunction any longer. Call to make your appointment today!
Pelvic floor exercises (Kegel type exercises)
Manual techniques to relax the pelvic floor muscles and improve muscle tone
Surface electromyography to see if the muscles are working properly
Electrical Stimulation to get the muscles to work properly
What treatment is offered by the pelvic floor therapist?
Pelvic Floor Providers
Ashley Christensen, PT, DPT, PRPC
Ashley Christensen is a 2009 Loma Linda University suma cum laude graduate with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.
Ashley has been certified as a pelvic floor rehab practitioner, and has many years of experience treating pelvic floor disorders. She has completed a year long manual therapy program in orthopedics.
Behnaz Jabaripour, DPT
Behnaz earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of North Georgia. She is certified as a pelvic floor specialist in Iran during 2016.She has done research on urinary incontinence in women and integrated a variety of exercises to take care of the weak pelvic floor.She has many years of experience in women's health. She has also trained many new Physical Therapists and established two pelvic floor clinics in her country.