Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation and Stimulation FAQs
- What is Pelvic Training medically indicated for?
Incontinence of urine or stool, pelvic pain, pain with intercourse, organ prolapse (uterus, bladder, rectum).
- What are some contraindications to pelvic training?
Pregnancy, less than 6 weeks postpartum, severe vaginitis, vaginal atrophy, current infection and severe pelvic pain.
- How do I know if I am a good candidate for Pelvic Training?
If you have a strong desire to take control of your medical concerns and willing and able to actively participate in your recovery. Your outcome of care with be directly linked to how compliant you are with your therapy plan. You will be screened by both the referring provider, as well as the physician assistant.
- Do I need a referral from my Primary Care Physician to begin therapy?
If you were not referred as a patient of Complete Women Care then yes, please speak to your healthcare provider about being referred to us.
- Does my insurance cover this service?
Every insurance plan is different, but in general insurance plans do cover Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Therapy. Please contact your insurance provider to confirm coverage.
- What should I expect during my visits?
Once the patient is referred for pelvic training by the physician, they are then scheduled with our trained Physician Assistant (PA) for Pelvic Floor Muscle evaluation and treatment plan.
- Who administers the therapy?
The first session is with our Physician Assistant, Tina Di Marco then all remaining session will be with the Pelvic Therapy Medical Assistant. The therapy does not hurt.
- How long does each treatment take and does it hurt?
Your initial visit, as well as your follow up sessions should take approximately 30 minutes. This therapy DOES NOT hurt.
- What is used to help strengthen my pelvic floor?
Depending on your medical condition and assigned treatment plan, your pelvic floor muscles may be strengthened with pelvic floor stimulation and/or pelvic floor exercises.
- What are pelvic floor exercises?
Some people may be familiar with the “Kegel exercise,” however, most patients tend to do them incorrectly. An electromyography will be used to help patients isolate the proper muscles while performing their exercises (this is done simply by placing stickers on the surface of the skin, and should not cause any discomfort). Daily home exercises may be assigned to increase chances of reaching their goals.
- What is done during pelvic floor stimulation?
During pelvic floor stimulation, an internal sensor will be placed into the vagina (this device is about the size of a tampon). Pelvic floor muscle stimulation will then be applied and pelvic floor muscles will be monitored during the resting phase for indications of pelvic floor muscle fatigue.
- How many treatments will it take to complete the therapy?
Most patients require at least 6-8 treatments but we recommend completing a full 12 treatments.
- How do I know it’s working?
Progress will be measured by assessing the improvement of your symptoms and periodically via an internal vaginal exam that will evaluate the strength of the pelvic floor muscles.