Pelvic Floor Therapy

Pelvic Floor Therapy

The pelvic floor is a term that refers to the muscles in and around the pelvic bowl. The proper functioning of this part of the body is an integral part of health. Dr. Mallory is a pelvic therapist, trained through the Herman and Wallace institute. She has helped many women find relief from issues such as incontinence, pelvic pain, painful periods, pain with sex, and trauma and has a deep appreciation for nerves, muscles, fascia, and organs of the pelvis.

An initial evaluation typically takes one hour. Follow up appointments will be one hour as well and include treatment. During the pelvic floor evaluation an assessment of your low back, hips, pelvic girdle will be performed. The findings will be discussed with you, and you and Dr. Mallory will work together to develop a treatment plan specific for your individual case. Treatment options include manual therapy including soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, visceral manipulation, and trigger point release both internally and externally.

It has been estimated that more than 20% of women will experience pelvic pain at some point in their lives.  Pelvic floor therapy has been shown to help with the diagnosis and treatment of female pelvic pain.  Many studies have shown that the musculoskeletal system can be the primary or secondary cause of pelvic pain.  Here are some common diagnoses and symptoms that may be helped by pelvic therapy:

  • Painful Intercourse
  • Abdominal Pain, Abdominal Bloating with Pain
  • Pain with Sitting, Standing or Exercise
  • Sensitivity Wearing Tight Clothes, Jeans, or Pants
  • Vulvar, Vaginal, Clitoral, Perineal or Anal Pain
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain/Instability
  • Urinary symptoms including incontinence
  • Painful Bladder Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis
  • Endometriosis
  • Vulvodynia/Vestbulitis
  • Tailbone Pain/Coccydynia
  • Pelvic Girdle Pain
  • Clitoral Pain
  • Pudendal Neuralgia