Pelvic Floor Therapy in Suwanee, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Dawsonville, & Cumming, GA
Find the relief you are looking for from urgency, incontinence and pelvic pain through a non-surgical treatment known as pelvic floor therapy. The goal of this therapy is to help retrain the muscles of the pelvic floor to restore both strength and function. Sometimes patients will become frustrated when they don’t notice the results they want through pelvic floor exercises such as “Kegel exercises.” Unfortunately, the issue is that most patients aren’t performing them correctly and won’t get the results they want. Luckily, our medical team is able to offer biofeedback therapy with results that truly work.
We will choose the proper pelvic floor therapy based on the type of incontinence you are experiencing. Before we perform this treatment we will first conduct a physical exam and talk with you about your symptoms to determine which type of pelvic floor therapy is appropriate. For initial treatment we often combine both non-surgical therapy and medication to help combat pelvic pain and retrain muscles.
Using computer technology and a small medical device, which will be inserted either vaginally or rectally, we will record and monitor your pelvic muscles to determine their strength and to see how much you progress through each session. You will be able to automatically see which muscles are contracting during therapy and which ones aren’t depending on the series of exercises you are performing. Pelvic floor therapy trains and strengthens muscles just like performing exercises at the gym helps to strengthen other muscles in your body. Furthermore, this therapy will equip patients with exercises that can be performed on their own to maintain good pelvic floor health.
Some patients will also benefit from mild electrical stimulation during therapy to help increase the efficacy of these exercises. This stimulation will cause the muscles to contract voluntarily, which can help patients understand what these exercises should feel like when performed correctly. Patients may experience a slight tingling sensation during stimulation but this treatment option is not painful.
During each visit we will also check your progress and discuss your overall treatment plan for each session. On average, pelvic floor therapy is performed once a week over about six weeks. Each therapeutic session lasts about one hour, while subsequent sessions will take less time. While most patients notice significant results, some patients may still require surgery. We would be happy to sit down with you and discuss your other options if pelvic floor therapy doesn’t give you the results you need.
If you have questions about pelvic floor therapy or whether treatment is right for you, call our office today at (770) 622-9810.