Frequently Asked Questions

What is pelvic floor physical therapy?

Pelvic health physical therapy (PT), previously called pelvic floor PT, is a specialized form of PT. It required additional education and training with focus on treatment of the pelvis and pelvic floor muscles. Pelvic health PTs focus on treatment of the muscles in and around the pelvis. This also includes the hips, abdomen, and lower back muscles. Pelvic floor PT is beneficial to both women and men with pelvic muscles issues.

Yes. At SOW & REAP PT, we treat both pelvic health for men and women and orthopedic issues. We treat shoulders, hips, ankles, back, neck, and all other traditional musculoskeletal issues.

Do you offer traditional physical therapy?

Yes. At SOW & REAP PT, we treat both pelvic health and orthopedic issues. We treat shoulders, hips, ankles, back, neck, and all other traditional musculoskeletal issues.

What should I expect during my first visit with pelvic floor PT?

First, you will have intake forms to complete so we can have your complete medical history. Once the forms are completed, our therapist will go over your responses in detail to make sure they have a clear understanding of your condition. Then, your therapist will complete different muscles and joint tests to reproduce your symptoms. Finally, a treatment plan will be developed to make sure you reach your health goals.

How do I know if I have pelvic floor issues?

There are several signs that show issues with your pelvic floor muscles. Pelvic muscle weakness may present as urinary leakage (incontinence), fecal leakage, pelvic pressure, or difficulty with bowel and/or bladder function. Pelvic muscle tightness may present as pelvic pain, nerve pain, hip pain, lumbar pain, or pain with urination and/or bowel movements. This is not a complete list of signs and symptoms of pelvic floor issues. If you notice that you are paying a lot of attention to your pelvic area throughout the day, then you may need to see your doctor and seek a referral to a pelvic floor PT. Those with health pelvic muscles are not aware of their pelvic muscles.

Are the pelvic floor treatments painful?

Those with pelvic pain may feel some discomfort during the initial evaluation, especially those with chronic pelvic pain. However, if you experience severe pain or discomfort during your examination, your therapist will use other techniques to reduce your discomfort. If a patient appears anxious during their visit, the therapist will complete your pelvic exam at one of your follow-up appointments. Those with pelvic muscle weakness, without a history of pelvic pain, should not experience discomfort.

Will I have exercises to complete at home?

Yes. A home exercise program will be given to both our orthopedic and pelvic floor patients.

How long are my appointments?

The initial evaluation is usually the longest visit. This visit may last 1 to 1 and half hours. Follow up appointment usually last 30 minutes to 1 hours depending on your condition and treatment goals.

What is yoni (vaginal) steaming?

Yoni steaming is the use of herbal blends and hot water to treat those with pelvic pain, irregular cycles, painful cycles, PMS, infertility, PCOS, and other female reproductive issues. This process is painless and nothing is inserted vaginally. Your peristeam hydrotherapist will complete a cycle analysis and this will allow her to determine the right herbs for you. After the cycle analysis is completed, your herbs will be boiled in a pot to release their medicinal properties. You will be provided a gown and will be completed covered during this process. Finally, you will sit on a seat over your herbal blend for the time selected by your hydrotherapist. Your hydrotherapist will give you detailed instructions to prevent burns during your steam.

Can men steam?

Absolutely. Steaming can help men with pelvic muscle pain, post-prostasic scar tissue, and hemorrhoids. He will be covered during the entire process. The peristeam hydrotherapist will give detailed instructions to prevent burns during your steam.

Are there contraindications to vaginal steaming?

Yes. Everyone should not steam. Your peristeam hydrotherapist will determine this during completion of your cycle analysis.

What are yoni (vaginal) eggs?

Your pelvic floor PT uses yoni eggs to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. Your PT will provide detailed instructions and a home exercise program to help strengthen your pelvic muscles. The eggs come drilled (with a hole) for easy removal and not drilled (without a hole). The your PT will determine if you should purchase drilled eggs or not.

Do I need health insurance to attend physical therapy?

At SOW & REAP PT, use the hybrid method. This means we accept insurance and have a self (cash) pay option.

What insurance do you accept?

We accept all major insurances. We will verify your insurance as a courtesy to you.


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