Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy


Tidewater Physical Therapy offers a comprehensive approach to Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation.  Our innovative treatment is derived from evidence-based research and extensive clinical training, that together provide our patients with measurable relief from the symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction. We offer specialized pelvic floor treatment for men and women in our Seaford, Delaware and Chester, Maryland locations.  Hannah Porter PT, DPT has extensive experience and training in pelvic floor conditions and various healthcare barriers allowing her to adequately acknowledge and address anatomical and physiological deficits, as well as psychosocial and socio-economic barriers, in order to create a comprehensive plan of care tailored to each patient.

Who is a Good Candidate for Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation?

Pelvic floor physical therapy commonly treats conditions related to pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. Some of the diagnoses most commonly treated in pelvic floor therapy include, but are not limited to, pelvic pain conditions such as interstitial cystitis, vaginal pain with intimacy or female sexual dysfunction, pain associated with pelvic floor surgeries, urinary and fecal incontinence, chronic constipation, pregnancy and postpartum, pelvic organ prolapse such as cystocele and rectocele, and treatment s/p radiation/chemo-therapy for various pelvic cancers such as endometrial or vulvar cancer. It is estimated that 23.7% of women globally experience some form of pelvic floor dysfunction in their lifetime1.  Our approach is to treat these patients as a whole person, acknowledging psycho-social barriers and socio-economic barriers, to create a comprehensive plan of care tailored to each patient. Our main priority is to improve every patient’s health, well-being, and quality of life.

  1. Ingrid Nygaard MD et al. Prevalence of Symptomatic Pelvic Floor Disorders in US Women. Journal of the American Medical Association, September 17, 2008—Vol 300, No. 11

What Can I Expect at my First Appointment for Pelvic Floor Therapy?

 An initial evaluation will involve an extensive conversation with the licensed therapist regarding patients’ symptoms. The therapist will discuss treatment options and self-management techniques that the patient can incorporate into your daily routine. An objective evaluation will be performed, which will include an external orthopedic assessment/movement analysis and an internal pelvic floor examination. The therapist will then use the above information to create a tailored plan of care to best address patient needs and/or impairments. Please bring any questions regarding the internal pelvic floor assessment to the therapist at the first consultation.

Downloadable PDFs:

  1. AUGS Fact Sheets (American Urogynecologic Society)  
    2. Constipation
    3. IC/Bladder pain
    4. Overactive Bladder
    5. Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises and Bladder Training
    6. Pelvic Organ Prolapse
    7. Stress Urinary Incontinence
    8.  Female Sexual Dysfunction
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