Don't let your pelvic health keep you sidelined any longer

Just like all of the musculature of your body, the pelvic floor muscles can get tight, weak, and sometimes painful. These muscles commonly refer pain to your pelvis, back, abdomen, bladder, buttocks, and even down the back of your leg. Pelvic floor PT helps to alleviate your pain and restore flexibility, strength, and control to these muscles.

Dr. Mae Hughes has advanced training through Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehab Institute in treating the pelvic floor for all women including the prenatal and postpartum population.

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Conditions Treated with Pelvic Floor PT

Chronic Pelvic Pain
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Bowel or Bladder Incontenence
Endometriosis

Painful Sex
Diastasis Recti
Postpartum Recovery
Back and Hip Pain

is pelvic floor PT for me?

(if you're asking, probably yes)

What is my pelvic floor?

What happens at my first appointment?

The pelvic floor is a group of muscles separated into three distinct layers that stretch from the pubic bone in the front to the tailbone in the back. These muscles have many important roles and are involved in toileting, sexual function, supporting your baby during pregnancy, and relaxing during delivery

The initial evaluation will include an interview in wich we review of your medical history, and discuss your goals for PT. Be prepared to answer questions about your bathroom habits, exercise and diet, and sex life. Your answers will be critical to developing an effective treatment plan.

After the interview a musculoskeletal assessment will be performed along with an internal exam if needed. At the end of the session we will work together to establish an appropriate plan of care to help you meet your goals.

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What is an internal exam?

An internal exam through the vaginal canal is the most accurate method for assessing the function of your pelvic floor muscles. Your permission will always be requested before and throughout the entire exam, and you may refuse any portion of the exam for any reason. An appropriate plan of care can still be developed from information gathered externally. However, progress may slow or plateau without information gathered from an internal exam.

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More questions? Click for FAQ.

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Includes

Assessment of Pelvic Floor
Manual Soft Tissue Treatment
Pelvic Floor Strengthening
Core Strengthening

Education on use of wands,
   dilators, or other devices
Education on minimizing pain
Home exercise plan

Get started with a free 15 minute phone consultation

book a call

Every body and every journey is different. Schedule a call with Dr. Mae Hughes to discuss your pain, limitations, and goals for treatment. Bring all your tough questions, and let's see if Pelvic Floor Therapy is a good next step for you.

What Should I wear?

Yoga pants, athletic shorts or anything comfortable that does not restrict your movement. You will be asked to perform movements such as squats and lunges, and in most cases you’ll be asked to undress from the waist down for a small portion of the exam.

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What types of patients do you treat?

Dr. Mae Hughes specializes in pelvic health for all females, including the prenatal and postpartum population. She is also a residency trained sports physical therapist and has extensive experience working with high level female athletes.

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Can I see you if I'm pregnant?

Yes! Pregnancy can frequently lead to neck/ groin/ hip/ back pain, ligamentous laxity, diastasis recti and more. Mae strongly encourages women to seek out treatment for these conditions to make pregnancy more comfortable. Mae can also educate on a variety of topics to ensure a smoother and quicker postpartum recovery. Consent from your OB/GYN will be required before internal exam.

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Can I come to PT if I'm on my period?

Absolutely. Menstruation is not a contraindication to any portion of the pelvic floor assessment or treatment plan as long as you are comfortable to proceed.

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