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Pelvic Floor Therapy Specialist

Illinois Urological Institute

Urological Surgeons located in Wheaton, IL & Geneva, IL

Incontinence doesn’t have to rule your life. With the appropriate treatment, you can gain control over your pelvic muscles and urine flow and get back to living the life you want. The team at Illinois Urological Institute, with offices in Wheaton and Geneva, Illinois, offer pelvic floor therapy as an effective tool to treat incontinence. Call today or schedule an appointment online to learn more or start treatment.

Pelvic Floor Therapy Q & A

What is pelvic floor therapy?

Pelvic floor therapy helps men, women, and children regain control over their pelvic muscles. The team at Illinois Urological Institute creates treatments plans that include physical therapy exercises, video monitoring of pelvic muscles, and painless low-voltage muscle stimulation to treat pelvic conditions, including an overactive bladder, or urge incontinence.

Who benefits from pelvic floor therapy?

Pelvic floor therapy benefits many medical conditions that affect your pelvic area. Some of these common conditions include:

  • An overactive bladder or stress urinary incontinence
  • Postprostatectomy incontinence
  • Pelvic pain
  • Unobstructive retention
  • Bed wetting in children
  • Chronic urinary frequency or urgency

Pelvic floor therapy is especially beneficial for women with an overactive bladder and has helped improve or cure greater than 80% of the women who participated in the program at Illinois Urological Institute.

How does pelvic floor therapy work?

The goal of your pelvic floor therapy plan is to retrain pelvic floor muscle contraction. This process addresses contractions of your external sphincter — the outer muscle that holds urine inside your bladder — and the natural contraction reflex of your bladder that helps push the urine out.

To get started, your therapist at Illinois Urological Institute teaches you how to contract and relax your pelvic muscles to strengthen and improve their flexibility and help normalize bladder function. They may also use hands-on techniques to improve your posture, which improves blood circulation and muscle function.

For better coordination of your muscle contractions for urine control, the therapist may try electrical stimulation, which uses a low-voltage electric current that makes your muscles contract to improve strength or utilize video monitoring, also called biofeedback, so you can see how your pelvic floor muscles move and improve your control.

How often do I need therapy?

The frequency of therapy outlined in your pelvic floor therapy treatment plan depends on your overall health and the specifics of your condition, such as the severity of symptoms. A typical recommendation from the team at Illinois Urological Institute is a minimum of eight, one-hour sessions, once per week.

To improve your bladder control with pelvic floor therapy, call the office or book an appointment online today. Affordable treatment plans are available.