Pelvic and Bladder Health

Pelvic and Bladder Health

Physical therapy addresses the musculoskeletal dysfunction associated with a number of conditions. Lakeland Rehabilitation specializes in the treatment of several unique pelvic health conditions. 

A physical therapist can help to educate you on how you can be proactive and prevent further functional impairments as well as help you overcome the current physical issues you may have.

Women and Men with Bladder Dysfunction

Bladder dysfunction or incontinence can occur for a variety of reasons in men and women of all ages. Women may have more difficulty controlling their bladder during or after pregnancy, after menopause or simply as a result of aging. Men may have greater difficulty controlling their bladder as a result of prostate cancer, a surgical procedure including prostatectomy, or as a result of aging.

Your physical therapist can teach you valuable exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor as well as lifestyle modifications that will help you regain control of your bladder. They will also use state-of-the-art EMG (electromyography) biofeedback, which has been proven to help people regain bladder control. This provides visual and tactile assistance to the patient while completing pelvic floor exercises.


Being pregnant is an exciting and hopeful time for women. As the body grows and adapts to the new life inside, a woman often experiences pain associated with muscle or joint imbalances. Through physical therapy, you can learn exercises that can keep your body safe and help alleviate some of your musculoskeletal aches and pains during and after pregnancy.

Pelvic Pain

Women and men often suffer silently with pelvic pain due to embarrassment or a sense of hopelessness, not realizing that interventions are available. Chronic pelvic pain is defined as persistent pain of unexplained nature in the lower abdominal region and pelvic area, including the vagina, tailbone and buttocks for women, or the anal, rectal and buttocks areas for men. It can affect an individual’s ability to function at full capacity and inhibit personal relationships. Physical therapy offers a variety of treatment methods to help you manage or lessen your pain symptoms and regain a sense of hope.

Bowel Dysfunction

Millions of men and women suffer from accidental bowel leakage, also known as fecal or anal incontinence. This type of leakage is extremely bothersome and often is untreated due to embarrassment and a lack of desirable treatment options. Although it is not a normal part of getting older, you are more likely to experience fecal incontinence as you age. Women are also more at risk for this condition then men.

Consitpation means being unable to move your bowels, having to push harder to move your bowels, or moving them less often than usual. Constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal (GI) problems, affecting about 42 million people in the United States, and is common among all ages and populations. However, women are more likely to become constipated, especially during pregnancy or after giving birth.

The causes and symptoms of bowel dysfunction vary, so your physical therapist will tailor their approach for treatment to meet your individual needs. Most of the muscles of the pelvis surrounding the anus and rectum are under some degree of voluntary control. Thus, biofeedback and balloon sensory retraining can teach patients how to make their muscles work more normally.

Treatment may also include:

  • Dietary Intervention
  • Toileting Mechanics
  • Manual Therapy

Our Pelvic Health Team

Our physical therapists are continually pursuing advanced education offered by the American Physical Therapy Association and other renowned organizations in order to provide you with the best up-to-date care to meet your needs. Their professionalism and expertise will make you feel comfortable as you discuss your personal concerns. Together you and your therapist will help you get started on your road to recovery.

Take the first step

Contact your personal physician today for a prescription for physical therapy. You will receive a one-on-one evaluation with a licensed physical therapist. You and your physical therapist will then put together a treatment program specific to your needs.

For more information, contact:

Lakeland Rehabilitation, Health Park, St. Joseph
(269) 328-2799

Lakeland Rehabilitation, Longmeadow, Niles
(269) 687-0945

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