What is Pelvic Physical Therapy?

April 11, 2024

Most of us know about physical therapy- whether it’s because you or someone in your life had surgery, maybe you hurt your back, or even had a whiplash injury. However, recently, pelvic floor physical therapy is gaining well needed traction and people, especially women, are starting to ask questions and find answers they’ve been long searching for.

Simply put, pelvic floor physical therapy treats anything that happens in our core or pelvis. This includes bladder or bowel problems, “abdominal separation” that happens with pregnancy, general pregnancy/postpartum rehab, intimacy pain, hip/low back/abdominal pain, pelvic floor pain, (and more). Service Omaha, our pelvic floor physical therapists are doctors of physical therapy and specialists in the pelvic floor muscles and how they function with your entire body.

“So I just come in and do a bunch of kegel exercises?”


Treatment goes WELL beyond that. We have a holistic understanding of how your body functions together with every breath, step, laugh, and jump. Your pelvic floor is part of your core muscles, which are all active in EVERY SINGLE THING you do, so we assess those muscles accordingly!

Here’s a very common example:

A postpartum mom comes in with complaints of hip pain, leaking while sneezing, and pain with intimacy.

Her pelvic floor therapist takes a thorough history and evaluates her:

  • Feet
  • Hips
  • Spine
  • Abdominals
  • Rib cage
  • Breath
  • Movement and transitional patterns
  • Pelvic floor muscles
  • Maybe more

Next, we provide a full treatment of the things we find, including working on your body directly, change some of the movement patterns, teach proper breath strategies and core activation, explain how her entire body works together, and maybe add a couple things she can do that easily fit into her routine. Most importantly, our pelvic physical therapists will find out HER specific goals and make a plan for how we will help her achieve them.

Pretty great, right?

Gone are the days where you have to skip the trampoline park, stop running because of nagging injury, feel physical discomfort during intimacy with your partner, avoid sitting on hard surfaces because of tailbone pain, feel the need to pee before you leave home “just in case” there isn’t a close bathroom, and feel nagging pain with the pregnancy and postpartum time frame.

Think you may benefit from our help? You’re probably right. Give us a call to speak with one of our pelvic floor physical therapists in Omaha to get a better idea of how we can help you achieve your goals and live your life without limitations. 🖤

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