Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

Who We Are

Millions of women suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction. Pregnancy, childbirth, chronic constipation, chronic coughing, surgery, trauma and aging can cause pelvic floor muscle tension, incoordination and weakness. Physical therapy for women may help!

At Greater Regional Health, we understand the intimacy of these issues. Our specialty-trained healthcare professionals are devoted to treating conditions in a discreet and comfortable environment, providing comprehensive care in one location. Pelvic treatment can often improve your quality of life.

Meet Jill Hoakison, she is a physical therapist with advanced training in female pelvic floor function and Medical Therapeutic Yoga. 

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I am an avid runner. I have struggled with low back pain and SI joint pain since my teens. I have three boys-- all birth stories are different, all three changed the way I move, sleep and run. Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy can offer so much more than people realize. I utilize a holistic approach to design individualized treatment plans to help women heal.

Jill Hoakison, PT, DPT

It's More Than Kegels

Pelvic Floor disorders are common, but you don't have to live with the symptoms. Pelvic floor dysfunction is a broad term that  covers many diagnosis and conditions. The group of muscles in the pelvic area make up the pelvic floor. Similar to a sling, our pelvic muscles support the bladder, uterus in women, and rectum. 

When the muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues that support the pelvic area don't work as they should, this can lead to symptoms like:

  • Urinary leakage

  • Requent or urgent need to go to the bathroom

  • Uncomfortable or impossible intercourse

  • Constipation

  • Bowel incontinence

  • Pressure "down there" (pelvic prolapse)

  • Pelvic, tailbone, low back or hip pain

  • Pregnancy-related pain

  • Postpartum care

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

Pelvic Floor physical therapy is a specialty area of physical therapy. A physical therapist with advanced training, will examine, assess, and evaluate your pelvic floor as well as other aspects of your body that may be contributing to your symptoms. Pelvic Floor Physical Therapists treat the pelvic floor; but, more importantly, they treat you as a whole person. It may include:

  • Exercises to identify and strengthen the pelvic floor

  • Biofeedback techniques to improve muscles contraction and relaxation

  • Electrical stimulation to improve awareness and strengthen muscles

  • External and internal soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release to address muscle imbalances

  • Core strengthening exercises

  • Joint mobilization

  • Relaxation and restorative techniques

  • Self-care education including diet and lifestyle changes that can help improve symptoms

What to Expect During Treatment

A comprehensive musculoskeletal evaluation will be performed at the initial appointment. There will be a review of your medical history, diagnosis and other concerns pertinent to care. You will also be given the tools and knowledge to help achieve success.

  • Therapy session will take place in a private treatment room.

  • Depending on the condition, a physical therapist will examine hip and abdominal strength and flexibility and pelvic floor muscle strength and tenderness. This can be done externally or with a vaginal exam.

  • A home exercise program will be designed to assist patients in reaching their goals.

  • The duration and frequency of appointments depends on the patient's condition, examination findings, patient's goals, and other factors.

  • Appointments generally last 45 minutes.

Do these Symptoms Affect Your Life?

  • Do you need to use the restroom frequently during the day?

  • Do you experience pain or pressure in your pelvic region, genitals or rectum?

  • Is intercourse painful?

  • Do you have a hard time reaching the restroom without leaking?

These are not issues you have to live with. Relief is possible and it starts with a visit to a Greater Regional Health Pelvic Floor Therapist!  Make an appointment with Crystal Johnson, ARNP with Greater Regional Health Urology for a referral. Call (641) 782-3944 today!

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1700 W. Townline St.

Creston, Iowa 50801

(641) 782-7091

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