Pelvic floor physical therapy begins with a comprehensive initial evaluation which includes collecting your medical history and a physical examination. A full physical exam includes evaluation of your spine, pelvis, hips, abdomen and the musculature of your pelvic floor both internally and externally. As a patient, you may consent to any level of examination, however, a full examination is strongly encouraged for the most comprehensive assessment and results.
After completing the initial evaluation, Dr. Laura Meihofer shares her assessment of your pelvic floor dysfunction condition. Together, you discuss your goals and craft a thorough pelvic floor physical therapy plan of care custom to your specific needs, medical conditions and comfort level. The plan of care often includes a combination of neuromuscular reeducation, manual therapy, therapeutic activity, therapeutic exercises, an at-home program and list of resources to help support your journey to pelvic floor health.
Pelvic floor dysfunction symptoms typically improve with weeks and sometimes months of pelvic floor therapy sessions combined with consistent at-home self-care. Your level of devotion to adopting daily life adjustments and self-care programs recommended by your pelvic floor therapist directly affect your progress and long term results.