Pelvic Floor Therapy
Jil Johnson, Physical Therapist
Pelvic floor therapy deals not only with incontinence, but with any abnormality or condition causing chronic pain or reduced muscle tone, says Community Hospital physical therapist Jil Johnson. Various factors can cause weakness or dysfunction of the pelvic floor, including aging, pregnancy, childbirth, chronic constipation, or surgery.
Common candidates for pelvic floor therapy are post-radiation patients, women who have had children or undergone uterine or ovarian surgery, men after prostate surgery, and anyone following back surgery.
"I spend a lot of time," says Johnson, "assessing the sacroiliac joint, which connects to the pelvic floor and lower back. And I am able, through internal or external work, to reduce many symptoms of lower-back pain."
Therapy, she says, also involves education on the anatomy and function of the pelvic floor, as well as dietary effects on bowel and bladder function, pelvic floor exercises, and other treatments to address abnormally high or low muscle tone.