Pelvic Floor/ Incontinence Therapy
Loss of bladder and bowel control can be embarrassing and difficult to confront. But the skilled and compassionate therapists at
North Kansas City Hospital's Occupational Therapy Department are experienced at treating these and other common pelvic conditions in men and women, including:
- Urinary incontinence – involuntary loss of urine, including stress, overflow, mixed and urge incontinence. The condition is often caused by weak muscles but can be caused by pelvic floor tension (muscles becoming fatigued and not able to hold back urine when a person sneezes, etc.) or the result of prostatectomy, cancer treatment or pregnancy.
- Fecal Incontinence – involuntary loss of bowel control from a variety of causes including nerve or muscle damage and neurologic conditions.
- Constipation – can be caused by digestive problems or too much tension in pelvic floor muscles.
- Pelvic Pain – pain in the tailbone, rectum, low back, low abdomen, sacrum or vagina that can be exaggerated by weak or tight muscles.
Our therapists have gained valuable training and experience through continuing education seminars by Janet Hulme, a leading physical therapist specializing in pelvic floor therapy, and John F. Barnes, the leading authority on myofascial release (MFR). We’re here to help you find a solution that works for you.
Advanced Therapy for Pelvic Conditions
We offer a variety of therapies to address your condition and get you back in control. These include:
- Biofeedback – A sensor is used to measure muscle tension/strength. The results can immediately be seen on a computer screen as the patient tightens or relaxes the pelvic floor muscles. Research has shown that it’s difficult for people to locate the correct muscles for pelvic floor exercises without biofeedback.
- Strengthening exercises – for pelvic floor muscles and core stabilization muscles
- Stretches – for muscles that cross the pelvis and go into the back, abdomen or legs. Muscles that have an elongated resting length can contract more effectively. Stretches can also be effective in decreasing muscle tension.
- Relaxation training – Tension in the pelvic floor can be coming from other parts of the body. Teaching patients to relax the pelvic floor muscles, as well as the entire body, can decrease pain and leaking.
- Myofascial release – MFR uses hands-on techniques to aid in releasing fascial restrictions that can cause pain and tightness. After restrictions are released, muscles work better.
We also stress the importance of education, helping you learn about your condition for optimal progress.
- Anatomy – Diagrams are used to help patients become aware of pelvic floor muscles, bones and nerves, as well as the urinary system.
- Effects of diet – We educate patients on the importance of drinking the proper amount of water and eating enough fiber. We can also refer you for nutrition counseling if needed.
- Behavioral strategies – We have bowel and bladder retraining programs that can be implemented as needed.
Let us help you find answers for your condition. If you need rehabilitation or feel you would benefit from pelvic or incontinence therapy, talk to your doctor and ask for a referral to North Kansas City Hospital’s rehabilitation services.
For more information on pelvic floor and incontinence therapies at North Kansas City Hospital, call 816-691-1795.