Vanderbilt Orthopaedics

Pelvic Floor Therapy

The Vanderbilt Orthpaedic Institute provides pelvic floor rehabilitation for men and women. A doctor's prescription is required to begin therapy.

The pelvic floor refers to a group of muscles that support your internal organs at the bottom of your torso. These muscles help support the bladder and rectum, help control the urine and stool, and maintain sexual function. We serve people with problems in this area including:

  • Urinary or fecal incontinence
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pain with intercourse

We also offer strength training before and after pelvic surgeries such as bladder repair, pelvic reconstruction and prostate surgery.

Physical therapy uses these treatment techniques to promote pelvic floor health:

Therapeutic exercise: Kegel exercises are used to strengthen and relax the pelvic floor muscles. A physical therapist can guide pelvic floor muscle exercise with overflow from hip rotator muscles.

Manual therapy: Massage may be used to relax trigger points and ease the pain from scars.

Biofeedback: This non-invasive training technique lets you see your muscle activity on a computer screen. This is a very effective way to teach relaxation and muscle control.

Electrical stimulation: Used in cases of severe muscle weakness to encourage a muscle contraction.

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