Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist in Manchester

Patients see our dedicated professional, KeriAnne Schmidt, Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist. She provides personal support, in a private comfortable space.

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapists assess the body as a whole (posture, alignment, spine, hips, core function, breathing patterns, etc.). They are experts in areas associated with the musculoskeletal system and pelvis (sacrum, sacroiliac joints, coccyx) including the vulvar and vaginal, penile and scrotum, and colorectal regions. They gain their expertise through post-graduate continuing education classes, certifications and training.

External Exam

Includes holistic evaluation of the musculoskeletal system to assess posture, hips, abdomen, spine and pelvic floor muscles.

Internal Exam

One finger is used (no speculum or stirrups) to feel for weakness or poor coordination of the pelvic floor muscles as well as pelvic floor muscle tightness in women (and men if needed).

  • For weakness or poor coordination, patients are shown how to perform a proper pelvic floor contraction or Kegel.
  • For muscle tightness, manual techniques are used to lengthen and relax the tissue, then the patient is taught how to do this on their own.
  • Uterine, bladder and rectal placement (prolapses) are assessed.

Progress At Home

  • Patient completes an individualized home exercise program, including pelvic floor contractions or tissue lengthening and relaxing techniques, as instructed.
  • When pelvic floor function normalizes, patients progress to a more complex program, incorporating other muscles to teach the pelvic floor muscles to work involuntary and during more functional activities.¬†

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Can Decrease or Eliminate:

Women

  • Abdominal pain associated with surgery or scar tissue
  • Abdominal muscle separation (Diastasis Recti)
  • Bladder pain
  • Bladder, uterine, or rectal prolapse
  • Constipation
  • Endometriosis affecting daily life
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Frequent Urinary Tract Infection
  • Healing after sexual abuse, rape, trauma
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Infertility issues
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Pelvic pain
  • Scar tissue after gynecological or colorectal surgery or cancer
  • Inability to use a tampon
  • Urinary frequency
  • Urinary urgency
  • Urine or stool leakage

Men

  • Bladder pain
  • Buttocks numbness
  • Groin or abdominal pain after hernia repair or other surgery
  • Pain after urination or ejaculation
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction, pain, spasms
  • Inflamed prostate or pubic bone¬†
  • Rectal pain
  • Testicular pain
  • Specialized orthopedic issues (hamstring injury, tailbone pain)
  • Urinary leakage after prostate surgery
  • Urine or stool leakage

Contact

If you have complaints or symptoms relating to pelvic floor health, contact KeriAnne Schmidt at Regional Medical Center for a consultation at 563-927-7322.

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