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Physical Therapy for Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation

Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation aims to improve the strength and function of the pelvic floor muscles. A group of muscles creates the pelvic floor by extending from the pubic bone the tailbone. These muscles help support the bladder and rectum, help control urine and stool, and maintain sexual function.

Imbalance of the pelvic floor muscles may cause a variety of pelvic floor disorders that can be addressed by physical therapy. Rehabilitation is based on evidence based practice and tailored to meet each individual's needs.

Common Diagnoses

  • Urinary and Fecal Incontinence
  • Frequency and Urgency
  • Constipation
  • Pelvic Floor Pain
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Pre/Post partum Rehabilitation
  • Pre/Post Bladder Suspensions
  • Pre/Post Pelvic Surgery
  • Sacroiliac dysfunction
  • and more…

Special Care Services

With your physician's referral you will be assessed and examined by a licensed Physical Therapist. All our treatments are done in a very private setting. During your first visit you will be examined by a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist externally and possibly internally to assess your condition, the session may also include patient education to address urinary/bowel dysfunction and pain, as well as provide insight into the role of pelvic rehab and your  plan of care. After the first visit the following treatments may be included in your plan of care:

  • Manual treatment: Joint re-alignment; soft tissue mobilization and other techniques.
  • Modalities: Ultrasound, Electrical stimulation, hot pack/cold packs.
  • Postural Re-education.
  • Therapeutic Exercises: for the pelvic floor and core muscles.
  • Bladder Re-training: use of behavioral techniques to decrease urgency and frequency
  • SEMG/Biofeedback: for muscle re-education.

What is Biofeedback?

It is the use of external or internal electrodes to assess the pelvic floor muscle activity. Biofeedback is based on principal of the use of visual or auditory information to train the pelvic floor muscles to return to their normal level of function.

  • External Electrodes are placed on genital area.
  • Internal Probe inserted vaginally or rectally.
Contact Info

1701 N. George Mason Drive | Arlington, VA 22205-3698 | tel 703.558.5000
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