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Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists helps patients with many different conditions. Please see the diagram below for information on common conditions we treat and how physical therapy can help you.

“Urinary incontinence” is a technical term for leaking urine by accident. It is a common condition in more elderly demographics, especially elderly women, although it can happen to anyone for a number of reasons. Fortunately, urinary incontinence can be controlled and/or cured with the help of physical therapy. If you have been struggling with urinary incontinence and you are looking for help, contact Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists today to schedule an appointment with one of our dedicated physical therapists.

How will physical therapy help with my urinary incontinence ?

At Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists, we know that living with urinary incontinence can be limiting – and even embarrassing at times, especially when it occurs during a social setting. Our Midland and Coleman physical therapists are dedicated to improving your pelvic health, quality of life, and socialization, so you can get back to living your very best life.

When you arrive for your initial appointment, one of our physical therapists will perform a physical examination to determine the strength of your pelvic floor. Your physical exam, along with an evaluation of your medical history and discussion of your symptoms, will help in determining the best route for your treatment plan. Typical treatments for those struggling with urinary incontinence typically includes:

  • Increasing strength, stability, and endurance of the core, transverse abdominals, hip muscles, and pelvic floor.
  • Increasing synergy and pattern of muscle firing between the pelvic floor and core.
  • The use of biofeedback for pelvic floor training and re-education.
  • Performing strengthening exercises in functional and dynamic positions.
  • Improving posture/positions.
  • Modifying diet.
  • Keeping a bladder diary and log.
  • Participating in an exercising/walking/mobility program.
  • Participating in functional activities.
  • Participating in a home exercise program and instruction.

For Alzheimer’s patients struggling with urinary incontinence, there are training programs that their caregivers can partake in, in order to try and make urinary incontinence less likely and life much easier. It is common for those suffering from Alzheimer’s to also struggle with urinary incontinence for several reasons. For example, urinary incontinence may result from a lack of realization that urination is occurring, forgetting that one needs to urinate, or not being able to find the bathroom. These programs provide helpful tips for caregivers, such as:

  • Avoiding giving out caffeinated drinks, such as coffee, tea, and sodas, as these increase urination. However, do not limit water.
  • Keeping pathways to the bathroom clear and the bathroom itself clutter-free to allow for easy access. Make sure to keep the bathroom light on at all times to make it easier to find.
  • Making sure you provide regular bathroom breaks. Giving gentle reminders to use the bathroom may also be helpful, as Alzheimer’s patients may not realize how long it has been since their last urination.
  • Supplying underwear that is easy to get on and off.
  • Supplying absorbent underclothes for trips away from home, in case an accident occurs.

If you, or someone you are caring for, are struggling with urinary incontinence and you are looking for help, contact us at Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists today to schedule an appointment. One of our physical therapists will get you started on the path toward urinary control and relief.

A physical therapist is highly skilled in evaluating and treating various musculoskeletal and neurological conditions affecting the body. This profession focuses on assessing any underlying factors, such as strength, neuromuscular control, balance, coordination, skeletal alignment, and endurance, which may be contributing to impaired functional mobility, activity, participation, and quality of life.

Of course, most people only seek physical therapy when they’re suffering from a common injury or condition, such as whiplash, tendinitis, lower back pain, or ligament sprains. Perhaps lesser known is that chronic pelvic pain and dysfunction, especially issues with incontinence, can respond positively to physical therapy intervention.

What should I do if I’m experiencing bowel incontinence ?

Approximately 13 million Americans are incontinent. Oftentimes, the cause of incontinence is aging. The body’s muscles just don’t work as well as they used to. However, it is possible for anyone to experience incontinence for various reasons.

Fortunately, physical therapy treatment can improve specific organ and pelvic-floor muscle function. Incontinence is a common condition that may be caused by an underlying condition, but the most common reason it goes untreated is due to embarrassment.

For prevention of bowel incontinence, one of the most important things you can do is attend your yearly physicals and seek help. Attending yearly physicals or reaching out to a pelvic health physical therapist and being honest with your doctor/therapist, no matter how embarrassed you may feel, is the best way to treat or avoid this condition worsening. With a mobile physical therapist, you can work together to create a treatment plan that will correct this condition right in the comfort of your home. Our physical therapists will perform pelvic floor therapy to treat bowel incontinence and the results are resoundingly successful with most patients.

Treating bowel incontinence

Visceral manipulation (hands on therapy for your organs), specialized core exercise training and exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, known as pelvic floor rehabilitation, can help people who are living with bowel incontinence.

Mild to moderate cases of common types of incontinence can be greatly improved or even cured by manual, behavioral or exercise therapy. We can also teach you habits and techniques to control your incontinence. Even periodic incontinence is not something you have to live with – we can help! Request an appointment with Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists today and get started on reclaiming your life.

If you are a woman suffering from occasional or chronic pelvic pain, physical therapy can help. Pelvic pain can occur for a vast number of reasons, and a certain pelvic therapy known as “pelvic floor rehabilitation” can help reduce or eliminate the pain and symptoms you are experiencing. If your pain is limiting you from living your daily life, contact Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists today to schedule an appointment with one of our qualified physical therapists!

Why am I experiencing pelvic pain?

The pelvic area is a complex and important part of the body that serves several functions, especially for women. Pelvic pain can occur at different points during your menstrual cycle, during pregnancy, after giving birth, after surgery, or as a result of an underlying condition, such as endometriosis. Some pelvic conditions may also result in painful intercourse or infertility issues, which can be addressed and possibly fixed through pelvic floor rehabilitation. Some of the most common pelvic conditions that our physical therapists treat include:

Postpartum pelvic pain

After giving birth, it is common for new mothers to experience strained muscles and/or connective tissue damage in their pelvic floor. Pelvic floor rehabilitation helps in reducing pain, in addition to strengthening any damaged muscles or tissues.

Pain following abdominal surgery

If you are recovering from a recent surgical procedure, pelvic floor rehabilitation can help in breaking up scar tissue, improving strength, and regaining range of motion in your abdomen/pelvic region.

Endometriosis

Endometriosis can affect the bones, muscles, ligaments, and nerves in the pelvic region. Pelvic floor rehabilitation can help reduce the pain and bloating that you may be experiencing with endometriosis, in addition to strengthening the pelvic floor muscles.

Urinary frequency or leakage

A physical therapist can help determine the root of your problem with urinary incontinence, rather than simply treating the symptoms. Pelvic floor rehabilitation will focus on strengthening the muscles under your bladder in order to treat and eliminate incontinence issues.

Constipation

Pelvic floor rehabilitation can loosen and relax the muscles in your pelvic and anal areas, which can help relieve and eliminate constipation.

What can I expect with pelvic floor rehabilitation?

This specific form of physical therapy works on strengthening the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the pelvic floor. When muscles in the pelvic area become tight or weak, your daily life can be greatly affected, as this region helps in supporting the core of your body and is an integral part of everyday movement.

One of our dedicated physical therapists will evaluate your medical history and provide a musculoskeletal examination to determine what specific type of treatment you’ll need. This may include proactive and/or preventative treatments. For example, pelvic floor rehabilitation can help prepare a woman for childbirth by ensuring an easier delivery and possibly preventing the need for a C-section.

Some common techniques used during pelvic floor rehabilitation include:

Postural exercises

These exercises are aimed at improving posture and strengthening the pelvic floor muscles that affect posture. These exercises are typically done with large therapy or medicine balls.

Myofascial exercises

These exercises will target the pelvic floor muscles and connecting fascia. This treatment may include light exercise, in addition to stretches and massage, in order to target painful trigger points and provide relief.

Diaphragmatic breathing

Deep breathing exercises allow your diaphragm to expand and contract, which helps in relaxing muscles in the pelvic area. When the muscles are relaxed, they will drop and lengthen, providing pain relief and allowing for regained function.

Relaxation techniques

Relaxation is a large part of physical therapy. It allows your muscles to ease tension, making it easier for them to be stretched and massaged. Your physical therapist may suggest some certain techniques, such as guided imagery or biofeedback, in order to help you relax.

If you are suffering from pelvic pain, don’t wait any longer to contact our physical therapy office. Schedule an appointment with Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists today to get started on your path toward recovery and relief!

After giving birth, it is common for new mothers to experience strained muscles and/or connective tissue damage in their pelvic floor. Pelvic floor rehabilitation helps in reducing pain, in addition to strengthening any damaged muscles or tissues.

Some common techniques used during pelvic floor rehabilitation include:

Postural exercises

These exercises are aimed at improving posture and strengthening the pelvic floor muscles that affect posture. These exercises are typically done with large therapy or medicine balls.

Myofascial exercises

These exercises will target the pelvic floor muscles and connecting fascia. This treatment may include light exercise, in addition to stretches and massage, in order to target painful trigger points and provide relief.

Diaphragmatic breathing

Deep breathing exercises allow your diaphragm to expand and contract, which helps in relaxing muscles in the pelvic area. When the muscles are relaxed, they will drop and lengthen, providing pain relief and allowing for regained function.

Relaxation techniques

Relaxation is a large part of physical therapy. It allows your muscles to ease tension, making it easier for them to be stretched and massaged. Your physical therapist may suggest some certain techniques, such as guided imagery or biofeedback, in order to help you relax.

If you are suffering from pelvic pain, don’t wait any longer to contact our physical therapy office. Schedule an appointment with Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists today to get started on your path toward recovery and relief!

If you are recovering from a recent surgical procedure, pelvic floor rehabilitation can help in breaking up scar tissue, improving strength, and regaining range of motion in your abdomen/pelvic region.

Some common techniques used during pelvic floor rehabilitation include:

Postural exercises

These exercises are aimed at improving posture and strengthening the pelvic floor muscles that affect posture. These exercises are typically done with large therapy or medicine balls.

Myofascial exercises

These exercises will target the pelvic floor muscles and connecting fascia. This treatment may include light exercise, in addition to stretches and massage, in order to target painful trigger points and provide relief.

Diaphragmatic breathing

Deep breathing exercises allow your diaphragm to expand and contract, which helps in relaxing muscles in the pelvic area. When the muscles are relaxed, they will drop and lengthen, providing pain relief and allowing for regained function.

Relaxation techniques

Relaxation is a large part of physical therapy. It allows your muscles to ease tension, making it easier for them to be stretched and massaged. Your physical therapist may suggest some certain techniques, such as guided imagery or biofeedback, in order to help you relax.

If you are suffering from pelvic pain, don’t wait any longer to contact our physical therapy office. Schedule an appointment with Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists today to get started on your path toward recovery and relief!

Endometriosis can affect the bones, muscles, ligaments, and nerves in the pelvic region. Pelvic floor rehabilitation can help reduce the pain and bloating that you may be experiencing with endometriosis, in addition to strengthening the pelvic floor muscles.

Some common techniques used during pelvic floor rehabilitation include:

Postural exercises

These exercises are aimed at improving posture and strengthening the pelvic floor muscles that affect posture. These exercises are typically done with large therapy or medicine balls.

Myofascial exercises

These exercises will target the pelvic floor muscles and connecting fascia. This treatment may include light exercise, in addition to stretches and massage, in order to target painful trigger points and provide relief.

Diaphragmatic breathing

Deep breathing exercises allow your diaphragm to expand and contract, which helps in relaxing muscles in the pelvic area. When the muscles are relaxed, they will drop and lengthen, providing pain relief and allowing for regained function.

Relaxation techniques

Relaxation is a large part of physical therapy. It allows your muscles to ease tension, making it easier for them to be stretched and massaged. Your physical therapist may suggest some certain techniques, such as guided imagery or biofeedback, in order to help you relax.

If you are suffering from pelvic pain, don’t wait any longer to contact our physical therapy office. Schedule an appointment with Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists today to get started on your path toward recovery and relief!

Pelvic floor rehabilitation can loosen and relax the muscles in your pelvic and anal areas, which can help relieve and eliminate constipation.

Some common techniques used during pelvic floor rehabilitation include:

Postural exercises

These exercises are aimed at improving posture and strengthening the pelvic floor muscles that affect posture. These exercises are typically done with large therapy or medicine balls.

Myofascial exercises

These exercises will target the pelvic floor muscles and connecting fascia. This treatment may include light exercise, in addition to stretches and massage, in order to target painful trigger points and provide relief.

Diaphragmatic breathing

Deep breathing exercises allow your diaphragm to expand and contract, which helps in relaxing muscles in the pelvic area. When the muscles are relaxed, they will drop and lengthen, providing pain relief and allowing for regained function.

Relaxation techniques

Relaxation is a large part of physical therapy. It allows your muscles to ease tension, making it easier for them to be stretched and massaged. Your physical therapist may suggest some certain techniques, such as guided imagery or biofeedback, in order to help you relax.

If you are suffering from pelvic pain, don’t wait any longer to contact our physical therapy office. Schedule an appointment with Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists today to get started on your path toward recovery and relief!