Pelvic Floor/ Incontinence Therapy

Pelvic floor disorders such as incontinence, pelvic floor prolapse, constipation, fecal incontinence, urinary tract infection, pelvic pain and overactive bladder are common. In fact, one in three women will experience a pelvic floor disorder in her lifetime.

Yet, it’s not normal, and these conditions can be embarrassing and inconvenient. Our occupational therapists can help relieve symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Conditions We Treat

  • Urinary incontinence is an involuntary loss of urine.

    • Treatment depends on the type of incontinence: stress (leakage with straining, coughing, sneezing), urge, mixed, overflow, functional or reflex

    • A prostatectomy, cancer treatment or pregnancy can also cause incontinence

  • Fecal incontinence is the involuntary loss of bowel control as a result or nerve or muscle damage, a neurologic condition, or other causes
  • Constipation may be caused by digestive problems or too much tension in pelvic floor muscles

  • Pelvic pain includes pain in the tailbone, rectum, low back, low abdomen, sacrum or vagina that can be made worse by weak or tight muscles

Services We Provide

  • Biofeedback. Using a sensor, we measure muscle tension and strength; a computer screen nearby lets you see results immediately as you tighten and relax the pelvic floor muscles
  • Strengthening exercises. Strengthening the pelvic floor and core stabilization muscles can help with symptoms
  • Stretching. Stretching the muscles that cross the pelvis and go into the back, abdomen or legs can help relieve muscle tension; muscles with an elongated resting length can contract more effectively
  • Relaxation training. Pelvic floor tension can come from other parts of the body; learning how to relax your pelvic floor muscles can decrease pain and leaking
  • Scar tissue release. Using a hands-on technique, therapists can help tissue restrictions that cause pain and tightness to release and make the muscles work better
  • Bowel and bladder retraining
  • Education. We’ll help you learn more about your condition and how your diet also plays a role in pelvic health

Contact Us

Our pelvic floor and incontinence therapy services require a doctor’s referral. If you need help with a referral or would like more information, call 816-691-1795.