What is Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy?

Pelvic Floor PT, previously known as Women’s Health PT and now Pelvic Health PT is a specialty of Physical Therapy that focuses on the pelvis and surrounding areas. We are orthopedic therapists with various backgrounds who just happen to have attended classes that teach us how to treat specific conditions such as incontinence or pelvic pain. Often, we focus on the area between the ribs and the knees, however as we often say, “Everything is connected” so we always look at the big picture.

What can I expect from a Pelvic PT session?

Like a traditional Physical Therapy session, you will begin by simply talking about your pain, concerns, questions, etc. Next, a thorough external orthopedic exam is performed. This looks at hips, spine, posture, strength, movement, and more. IF an internal exam is warranted, your PT will explain what this entails in detail and you will be asked permission. An internal exam is never required, though often it is a very accurate way for your PT to get information about your condition. You will be assigned a home program based on the findings of the initial examination and start working toward your goals.

What makes Fayetteville Pelvic Health & Wellness different?

At FPH, we offer a boutique style PT experience. This means that we work to make our space attractive, calm, and private while offering packages, online content, classes and workshops to make your experience feel more holistic. Your therapist will have time to check in with you between sessions and offer you more time at each session without having her nose in the computer the entire time. You will receive resources in the community to help you in your healing and to reach your goals.

What if I have my period?

Not all Pelvic Health PT appointments warrant internal exams. In fact, an internal exam is always optional for you. If you and your therapist discuss this and you both agree on proceeding, menstruation is not an issue for your therapist. However, it is always up to you as to how you wish to proceed. For many women, they choose to defer until their cycle is finished. Others are okay with internal assessment. It depends on you, your body, and your preference!

I’m pregnant. Should I wait to schedule until after my baby?

ABSOLUTELY NOT! Ideally, PT is a part of your pregnancy and can help you deal with aches and pains related to growing a tiny human. We are able to give you information about labor, delivery, and postpartum tips for healing. Pelvic Health PTs are trained in the treatment of pregnant women and we know lots of modifications to activity, so you should never feel that you can’t schedule an appointment!

How soon after delivery can I schedule?

In a perfect world, Pelvic PTs would make hospital visits on the postpartum floor to get you started on the right foot. This isn’t typically in the US though, so you should schedule an appointment as soon as you feel up to it. Fayetteville Pelvic Health & Wellness offers postpartum packages and appointments that include Home Visits for immediately postpartum moms. Once you feel like you are ready, you can get started. You do not necessarily need to wait until your follow up with your OB unless your pregnancy or delivery was very complex. We are trained to know about healing time, safety, and what can and can’t be done in the immediate postpartum time.

Can I bring my baby to my appointment?

That is totally up to you! As moms, we often don’t have a choice about bringing out kids with us. Just remember that as moms, we also do not get to focus as well when our kids are around. You are the one paying for your session, so please do whatever makes you most comfortable and makes you feel like you are getting the most out of your time with your therapist!