Pelvic Floor Therapy FAQs

Your pelvic floor is made up of muscles that support your reproductive organs, urinary tract and rectum. Both men and women can benefit from strengthening these muscles to improve bladder and bowel function. 

What’s pelvic floor therapy?

This type of therapy strengthens pelvic floor muscles. A specially trained therapist can help you build muscles, increase function and reduce pain.

What do you wear to pelvic floor therapy?

Wear comfortable clothing you’d wear for exercising. Your therapist will let you know if you need a specific type of clothing.

What should I expect at pelvic floor therapy sessions?

Therapy may include exercises, mild electrical stimulation or manual therapy, depending on your functional level. Physical therapists can massage or stretch muscles to help restore their strength and function. 

Does pelvic floor therapy work?

Your Mercy physical therapist helps you set treatment goals, such as managing incontinence or alleviating back pain. You and your therapist then develop a plan to reach your goals and improve your quality of life.

Does pelvic floor therapy work for a prolapse?

Yes, studies show pelvic floor therapy can improve prolapse and reduce symptoms.

How long does pelvic floor physical therapy take?

It depends on your pelvic condition and functional level. Multiple or frequent sessions may be needed to achieve your treatment goals.

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