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.
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.
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.
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.