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What is Virtual Pelvic Physical Therapy and How Can It Help You?

UrinaryIncontinence
February 27, 2024

Bladder leakage (also known as urinary incontinence) is the involuntary loss of urine. It can occur in a variety of situations. Why does this happen? The following conditions cause a weakening of your pelvic floor:

  • Childbirth
  • Weight Gain
  • Smoking
  • Chronic Coughing
  • Pelvic Surgery (e.g. hysterectomy)

We understand that discussing and seeking help for urinary incontinence can be sensitive and, at times, overwhelming. That's why we have created an empowering solution that respects your comfort and privacy: our Virtual Pelvic Physical Therapy Program.

What is Virtual Pelvic Physical Therapy?

You may be familiar with ‘doing your kegels’. Kegels are contraction exercises to strengthen pelvic floor muscles. However, instructing someone to do kegels is just the tip of the iceberg. Pelvic floor physical therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy focusing on the muscles, ligaments, and tissues located in the pelvic floor region. These muscles support our everyday functions, including urination, bowel movements, and sexual function. They also help in the stabilization of the pelvis and the spine.

How Does Pelvic Physical Therapy Address Bladder Leakage?

After conditions such as childbirth or weight gain, the pelvic muscles are weakened. Pelvic physical therapy exercises are used to improve muscle tone and pelvic floor health as well as target areas of pelvic weakness to improve bladder leakage symptoms.

Our pelvic physical therapy program provides a treatment program that incorporates pelvic floor education, pelvic floor physical therapy exercises, and nutrition plans all from the comfort of your own home. These techniques are used to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, support bladder health, and restore function, thereby reducing bladder leakage and giving you relief.

Why Choose Virtual Pelvic Physical Therapy?

  • Convenience and Comfort: Say goodbye to the stress of scheduling and traveling to appointments. Our virtual sessions can be easily integrated into your daily routine, whether you're at home or on the go.
  • Privacy and Discretion: We understand the intimate nature of urinary incontinence and the importance of privacy. Our virtual sessions ensure you receive treatment in the most comfortable and confidential setting—your home
  • Expert Guidance: Our practitioners use evidence-based practices to help you strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and manage symptoms effectively.

How Does It Work?

The first step is a consultation with one of our providers. We will review your medical history, symptoms and goals prior to treatment. After the consultation, we will guide you through a program that addresses your specific bladder concerns. The program will provide you with exercise techniques, education, and nutrition guidance to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and improve your bladder health. Your comfort and privacy are always a priority throughout this process.

Benefits You Can Expect

  • Improved Control: Strengthen your pelvic floor muscles for better control over bladder function, reducing the frequency and severity of leakage episodes.
  • Enhanced Confidence: Regain confidence in your daily activities. Get back to the gym, jumping on the trampoline with kids, and lunch outings without worrying about leakage.
  • Increased Knowledge: Learn about your pelvic floor and how different factors, including nutrition and daily habits, can impact urinary incontinence.

Effectiveness

  • “I am finally able to go to the gym again!”: Many women report that after completing a course of pelvic physical therapy, their symptoms improve dramatically, enabling them to engage fully in activities once hindered by their leakage concerns.
  • Pelvic physical therapy can be an effective non-surgical and non-pharmaceutical option for managing bladder leakage. If you are looking to avoid medication side effects or surgical recovery time, pelvic physical therapy could be a good fit for you.
  • Is your bladder leakage mild? Or not quite a problem yet? Pelvic physical therapy can also be used in a preventative manner to avoid worsening leakage or additional treatments down the road.
  • Have you recently had bladder leakage treatment? Or do you currently take bladder leakage medications? That does not disqualify you from pelvic physical therapy! Many women are using pelvic physical therapy in conjunction with their other treatments and finding success with multimodal treatment.

Final Thoughts

For those struggling with bladder leakage, our pelvic physical therapy program can provide a potential long-term solution with evidence based exercises, pelvic health education, and nutrition therapies. The program can help you to avoid the potential costs and adverse effects of medications and surgeries and allow you the enjoy exercising in the comfort and privacy of your own home.

It's important to break the silence about urinary incontinence and support women with the help of pelvic physical therapy. To learn more about our Virtual Pelvic Physical Therapy Program or to schedule an appointment, please email us at hello@pazonamd.com or call our office at 615-527-4700.

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