One in five people will experience a pelvic floor disorder in their lifetime, including half of women over the age of 55. Yet too often, people avoid effective care due to embarrassment or shame. Rest easy. Help is here because we are here for you.
This specialized rehabilitation is designed for people who experience pain or incontinence issues because of health conditions, as a result of aging, or following childbirth. This therapy involves training the pelvic floor muscle group, which supports the pelvic organs, assists in bowel and bladder control, and contributes to sexual arousal and orgasm.
Amy Healy PT, PRPC has had extensive training and is certified in pelvic rehabilitation. Her specialty is helping patients reduce their symptoms while reducing the stigmas that their symptoms may cause. With the use of 3D models, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and positive education, we can help patients understand everything that’s happening, in a supportive, inclusive environment.
- After childbirth, pelvic floor rehabilitation can help to heal the perineum and rebuild core strength to help reduce and/or manage abdominal wall separation.
- Stress urinary incontinence can be reduced, through pelvic floor strengthening and lessons on managing intra-abdominal pressures. Urge urinary incontinence (an overactive bladder) can be improved via mobilization to ease restrictions on the bladder and urge suppression training.
- Fecal incontinence and urgency are treated by locating and treating the points of weakness in your system of sphincters, and by finding and treating rectal hypersensitivity.
- Constipation issues are addressed by locating and treating tight muscle groups and treating rectal hyposensitivity.
- Interstitial cystitis and prostatitis can cause significant pelvic pain, which we help patients address by locating and treating tight pelvic floor muscles to decompress nerves related to symptoms.
Because so many health issues are connected, we work closely with our Urology Department and urologist Dr. Marie-Claude Bettencourt, as well as other resources of Mt. Ascutney Hospital and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System.