Abdominal/Pelvic Physical Therapy

Abdominal/Pelvic Physical Therapy is a specialization of Orthopedic Physical Therapy. We are fortunate to have Physical Therapists who are highly qualified in this speciality. The pelvic floor is a group of muscles which interact with your spine, abdomen, lower body, bladder, and bowel. Abdominal/Pelvic Physical Therapy usually requires a detailed examination of the pelvic floor.  This can include internal or external examination, often both. Your therapist will talk you through the process of the pelvic examination, give you the opportunity to ask questions or express concerns and will always make sure that you consent to the examination. Your comfort is paramount. The internal examination involves assessing the pelvic floor muscles manually for strength, flexibility, tone, scar tissue or spasm. The examination may reveal tender spots known as trigger points that can refer pain to other areas of the body.  Based on the results of your examination, your therapist will provide treatment.  This could include pelvic floor strengthening, relaxation, muscle stretching, or trigger point treatment.  It might also involve stretching for your legs and low back, breathing exercises, scar massage, bladder and bowel training, or establishing an exercise regimen.  No two patients are alike, and the treatment plan is based on the individual patient’s particular history, needs, and goals.  Abdominal pelvic physical therapists work closely with the patient’s entire care team in order to provide the most comprehensive, thoughtful, and safe care possible.

  • Sexual dysfunction

    Sexual health lies at the core of who we are as human beings. When this system is not functioning properly, it can affect our self esteem, our relationships, and our emotional health. The pelvic floor muscles play an important role in sexual function, and our specialized physical therapists here in Taos are well trained to […]

  • Postpartum rehab

    Every woman who delivers a baby, whether vaginally or cesarian, deserves a postpartum evaluation. Once cleared by your healthcare provider, ask for a referral to pelvic physical therapy to assess for pelvic floor health, pelvic organ prolapse, abdominal muscle healing, and assistance in returning to physical activity.  Carrying a baby for nine months is hard […]

  • Labor and delivery pre-hab

    Let’s face it: labor is a marathon. You wouldn’t sign up for a marathon and then show up to the race without training, would you? Believe it or not, it is a great idea to train for labor and delivery in the same way that you might train for any other physically demanding event. A […]

  • Prenatal care

    Pregnancy is difficult enough–trust us, we’ve been there! With all of the hormonal changes, the rushing around to get ready for the baby, the doctor’s appointments, and everything else, it is a whirlwind of activity from the moment you discover that you have a baby on the way. Now add the aches and pains of […]

  • Bowel Dysfunction

    The pelvic floor plays an important role in control and regulation of the bowel. The pelvic floor muscles are active throughout the day in order to hold our waste in until the correct time. Normal bowel function varies widely from person to person and has been defined as having a bowel movement three times a […]

  • Urinary Dysfunction

    One of the most important functions of the pelvic floor involves control of the bladder and bowel. The pelvic floor musculature helps keep us continent and provides us feedback about when it’s time to go to the restroom. Urinary incontinence is common, affecting around 25% of the population. Despite its prevalence it is never normal […]

  • Pelvic and Abdominal Pain

    Common causes of pelvic and abdominal pain include: Pelvic floor muscle spasm Pudendal neuralgia Proctalgia fugax Anal fissures Scar tissue Endometriosis Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Vaginismus  Chronic constipation Interstitial cystitis  Chronic prostatitis  All of these conditions can be effectively managed with abdominal pelvic physical therapy. These are complex conditions which require skilled care and collaboration […]