The Complete Guide to Your First Visit to a Pelvic Therapist: What to Expect.
What is a Pelvic Therapy?
Pelvic therapy is a type of physical therapy that focuses on the pelvic floor muscles and the pelvic organs.
The pelvic floor muscles are a set of muscles that form a sling inside of the pelvis. These muscles support your bladder, bowel, uterus, and rectum. They also help you control these organs during urination, and bowel movements.
The pelvic floor muscles play an important role in sexual function as well. They help to keep the vagina tight enough so it can’t be penetrated by anything too large during sex.
For men, they trap blood into the penis in order to maintain an erection. Pelvic floor muscles also help to increase blood flow to the genitals during arousal and orgasm. This helps with sexual satisfaction for both partners!
What to Expect During First Visit
The first visit is different from other treatments because it starts with a comprehensive examination. The examination is done to assess the patient’s needs and determine what type of treatment will be most effective.
The first visit with a pelvic floor therapist will usually consist of a conversation about medical history and then an external exam to look for any abnormal musculoskeletal patterns which may be contributing to the pelvic floor problems. They may also want to perform internal exams to check for any abnormalities in the pelvic floor muscles.
Following visits will build upon the information gathered at the initial examination and treat each of the issues found with education, exercises and activities. You will also be provided a home program.
How to Prepare for Your First Visit
It’s important to prepare for your first visit with your therapist. This will help you get the most out of your time with them and make sure you have all the information you need before your appointment.
There are many things to consider when preparing for your first appointment, such as:
-What are my goals?
-What is going on in my life?
-How can I best communicate this to my therapist?
-Who should I bring with me to appointments?
-How should I prepare for appointments in advance?
Knowing what to expect will help make sure that your first visit goes smoothly and leave you feeling confident about getting the treatment and advice you need.