3 Questions to Ask Your Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist
January 22, 2022
Whether you’re currently looking for a pelvic floor physical therapist or have already booked your first visit, you likely have some questions in mind. Here are three helpful things to ask your PT once you get started.
1. What do I need to bring/wear to my first pelvic health physical therapy appointment?
We encourage patients to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to their therapy appointments. Because your pelvic health physical therapy may involve activities like therapeutic exercises and movement assessments, sometimes your PT may encourage you to wear supportive shoes like sneakers.
If it’s your first visit, make sure to fill out your forms before your appointment in your PTEverywhere account.
You may find it helpful to bring along:
- A notebook (or your phone) for writing down useful information
- A list of questions
- Your biggest frustration points, concerns, and goals!
Our clinic does have a water cooler, but you may feel more comfortable bringing your own water bottle. A final note for female patients: you are welcome to come to your pelvic PT appointments at any time during your menstrual cycle, including during your period. Your comfort is our top priority, so your physical therapist will treat you to your level of comfort and there is plenty she can help you with no matter the status of your menstrual cycle.
2. Are there certain activities I should avoid or modify?
A well-trained pelvic floor PT will be able to help you identify the cause (or causes) of your pelvic floor dysfunction, which can also include symptoms like constipation, urinary incontinence and pain. But understanding the root causes of your pelvic floor problems is just one part of healing—another part is knowing how to avoid re-aggravating your pelvic floor muscles as you regain strength, alignment, motor control, and coordination.
Our advice? Think about your typical daily activities—including work tasks—and check with your pelvic health PT about whether you need to make any adjustments or modifications.
At ITR Physical Therapy, our goal is to keep people moving as much as possible and help them un-learn any fear of movement they have. We teach patients safer, more efficient ways to participate in their favourite activities without undoing the progress they’re making in physical therapy.
3. What can I do at home to help my pelvic floor heal?
One of the biggest benefits of working with a pelvic floor physical therapist is that she can provide a wide range of manual therapy techniques—from lymphatic drainage to muscle energy techniques—that help alleviate symptoms and accelerate healing. But patients usually only get one session per week with their PT—so what they do outside the clinic makes just as big of an impact on their recovery.
If you see a PT for pelvic floor dysfunction, be sure to ask about specific exercises and stretches you can do as part of your home exercise program. Not every person with pelvic floor problems benefits from the exact same exercises, so this part of your treatment plan should be highly individualized to suit your needs, lifestyle, and goals!
Are You Looking for Pelvic Floor PT near Washington DC?
One-on-one sessions with an experienced pelvic floor PT in Bethesda, MD or McLean, VA can help you get the results you’re looking for. Contact ITR Physical Therapy now at 301-770-7060 to schedule your first appointment!