Inspire’s Pelvic Health Program

Inspire Health is proud to offer pelvic floor physical therapy in Atlanta. Our trusted team is ready and able to help you! After all, our sole goal is to get you back to the activities you enjoy.

Most people are familiar with Physical Therapy for low back pain, knee pain and shoulder problems. What most people don’t know is that Physical Therapists also treat a whole host of “hidden” dysfunctions — such as urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, abdominal and pelvic pain, and post-natal care (to name a few). Those conditions, along with many more, are within the scope of the Pelvic Health Rehabilitation Specialist.

Pelvic Floor Therapy in Atlanta: Understanding Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

The pelvic floor is the set of muscles that support bladder and bowel function, stabilize posture in functional activity, and are integral to sexual activity. These muscles are located at the bottom of the pelvis and interact directly with the hip, low back, and abdominals muscles.

This muscle group is also often overlooked. Usually, the root of a person’s low back pain may be in the pelvic floor. Our pelvic health specialist has extensive training with the Herman and Wallace Institute in treating both female and male pelvic floor dysfunction.

Conditions:

Below is a list of conditions that we frequently treat.

If you have a diagnosis and want to know if we treat it, contact us and we will be happy to discuss it with you.

  • Bowel and Bladder problems
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Voiding dysfunctions
  • Constipation
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Adhesions or scar tissue
  • Abdominal and pelvic organ fascia dysfunction
  • Abdominal / hip / groin pain
  • Tailbone pain
  • Post-surgical pelvic pain
  • Cancer related dysfunction
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Pelvic organ prolapse Endometriosis pain
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Pregnancy and post-natal
  • Diastasis Recti
  • Low back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Pubic pain
  • Sacroiliac Joint (SIJ) dysfunction
  • Thoracic pain

What can you expect in your first visit?

Initial Evaluation

This involves a complete history of your symptoms, postural assessment, muscle testing, and external pelvic floor assessment (internal evaluation and manual treatment are typically completed during the second visit if determined to be appropriate).

Education

We want to empower our patients with the knowledge to better themselves. It’s one of our primary goals of treatment. This program will include exercise, body mechanics instruction, diet, and behavior strategies to manage symptoms at home once clinical treatment has concluded.

Muscle Re-Education

This includes pelvic floor strength training and relaxation, postural correction, and core training. Biofeedback is further used to aid the exercise approach.

Manual Therapy

Manual Therapy includes the correction of joint mechanics and soft tissue restrictions to the pelvis, spine, and viscera. These techniques often help reduce muscle spasms, dysfunction, and pain.

Physical Agents

Your program may also include biofeedback, electrical stimulation, real-time ultrasound, or vaginal dilators.

Exercise

Pilates-based program for core strengthening, pelvic floor strengthening, and stretching program. Hunting for STOTT PILATES training near you? Look no further — Inspire Health offers this too.

Dry Needling

Sometimes, tense muscles are the source of pain. Dry needling is a technique that involves placing very fine needles into the muscle to release tension around the lumbar spine, hips, and even abdominals.

Fascia Release

When the fascia is stuck, the whole body can be affected. Our pelvic health specialist uses several techniques to address adhesion/restriction in this subtle connective tissue. These techniques include cupping, gua sha, vibration, and hands-on treatment.

Incontinence

One of the most common myths about the female body is that it’s normal to “pee a little” when you cough or sneeze — when in reality, this is one of the types of urinary incontinence.

Any dysfunction around urinating — whether it’s difficulty stopping the urine from coming out, difficulty getting the flow started, or maybe just not getting to the toilet in time — is not normal.

Our pelvic health PT can help make the change in musculature, functional behaviors, and even diet — to reduce incontinence and the anxiety that can come with it.

Osteoporosis

All of our physical therapists in Atlanta, GA can help provide the professional expertise and clinical care to help patients with low bone density reduce the risk of fracture. Through a combination of exercise modifications, use of progressive weight-bearing, balance, and postural training, better outcomes are achieved.

The STOTT PILATES® program is an ideal way to ensure all of our clients are safe throughout their treatment and confident to exercise on their own when they’re ready.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

The diagnosis “prolapse” can be scary for patients. The first thing to be aware of is that most women living with prolapse may not experience symptoms. If you have been given this diagnosis, a pelvic health PT visit can help alleviate a lot of the associated anxiety.

Depending on the degree of the prolapse, this can also be treated without surgery. Our PT can show you how to work on the pelvic organs’ support structures through special exercise. In combination with manual therapies to improve the pelvic organs’ ligamentous support, pelvic floor therapy can help you achieve excellent results.

Visceral Dysfunction/Fascia Restriction

It should come as no surprise that in a Pilates studio, movement is heavily emphasized for its therapeutic value for improving flexibility and muscle strength.

You can strengthen the pelvic floor and the connective tissue (fascia) between them by improving the integrity of these muscle groups and improving the flexibility.

When the fascia in the pelvic region is restricted, it may lead to pain and dysfunction. Our pelvic floor PT is ready to gently restore movement to these abdominal and pelvic systems using particular fascia and organ mobilization techniques.

Sexual Dysfunction

Our Pelvic Health PT is ready to help address pelvic floor tension, trigger points, or underactive musculature, through a variety of interventions to make your whole life more comfortable.

SIJ Dysfunction and Coccyx Pain

The Sacroiliac Joint (SIJ) is the connection between the pelvis and the lowest part of the spine (sacrum). It can often be a generator of dysfunction. Whether it moves too much, too little, or is out of symmetry, this can cause pain in both the low back, and surrounding joints.

The coccyx is the small, tail-like structure at the very bottom of the spine. Many of the muscles of the pelvic floor attach here.

Similarly to the SIJ, the coccyx can be out of balance, and generate dysfunction. With Pelvic Health rehabilitation, balance can be restored, along with more functional, efficient movement.

Pre- and Post-Natal

A woman’s body goes through some very obvious (and some not-so-obvious) changes during pregnancy. Managing these changes during pregnancy, as well as rehabilitating afterwards, can help the mother to stay safe and recover from postpartum more comfortably.

At Inspire Health, we can help both pregnant and postpartum mothers adjust to the many changes their body undergoes, both throughout pregnancy and after childbirth.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a better you.