Pelvic Health Services
Do you leak urine with exercise, coughing, sneezing or laughing? Do you have trouble getting to the bathroom in time or feel like you have to go too frequently? Have you tried Kegels without improvement in symptoms? Do you have pain with pregnancy or after abdominal surgery? Do you have pain with pelvic exams, intercourse or with use of personal hygiene products? You’re not alone. Incontinence is common, but common doesn’t mean normal.
Pelvic Health related issues are more common than you know.
- 35% of women who have recently given birth suffer from symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse.
- According to the National Association for Continence, over 25 million adult Americans experience incontinence.
- A study published in 2021 found that 49% of female adolescent athletes have experienced urinary incontinence.
Conditions we treat
- Bladder dysfunction: urinary incontinence, urgency and frequency, bedwetting
- Bowel dysfunction: fecal incontinence, constipation and painful bowel movements
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Prenatal labor and delivery preparation
- Pregnancy and postpartum related pain and weakness
- Pain with intercourse, pelvic exams, or use of tampons
- General pelvic or abdominal pain
- And many more!
There is hope!
While many of these pelvic related conditions are common, common doesn’t mean normal or that you have to continue to live this way. We will help get to the root of your problem so that you can back to the activities you love.
Your pelvic health specialist will use a variety of techniques to help you achieve your goals. These techniques may include:
- Manual therapy-techniques to improve soft-tissue or scar tissue mobility
- Exercise prescription – muscle strengthening, lengthening, and coordination
- Bladder/bowel retraining
- Education in bladder/bowel habits and general lifestyle changes to improve pelvic heath
We will always utilize techniques that are specifically tailored to you and that you are comfortable with.
Pelvic Health Specialists
Our pelvic health specialists are trained to evaluate pelvic related disorders, including but not limited to, urinary and fecal incontinence, pelvic/abdominal pain, and pre-natal and postpartum care.
Those providers are:
Kaity Hall, PT, DPT Des Moines
Carol Kelderman, PT, DPT Oskaloosa
Aimee Keller, PT, DPT Oskaloosa
Rachel Blackmun, PT, DPT
During your initial evaluation we will discuss your medical history, concerns you have and goals for treatment.
We will assess how your move and identify any areas of restriction that may be contributing to your symptoms.
We will then discuss what your plan of care will look like, including any education about your area of concern and plans for a home program.
An internal evaluation is not always indicated for each client, but can often be beneficial in allowing your pelvic health specialist to better understand how your pelvic floor is functioning and how it is contributing to your symptoms to allow for a more personalized plan of care. However, your comfort is our primary concern, which means an internal evaluation can always be deferred if you so choose. Your pelvic health physical therapist will be happy to describe what this would like so you may fully understand prior to providing consent.
Appointments will typically last 40 minutes.
Where you are at in your menstrual cycle will not affect how we provide treatment. You and your pelvic health PT can always discuss alternate treatment options if you are not comfortable with certain treatment techniques while menstruating.
Your pelvic health PT will likely prescribe exercises for you to be performing at home to aid in achieving your goals. These will be reviewed and progressed as appropriate during your sessions. Your sessions will also consist of other treatment techniques such as manual therapy, biofeedback, and education in diet, hydration and bowel/bladder habits to further allow you to reach your goals.
“I was having a lot of pain and trouble with walking & doing everyday tasks while pregnant. Kinetic Edge has helped so much. My abdomen has strengthened, and my movement has improved through this pregnancy. It’s helped me from being too tight – which makes my movement more painful & restricted. I’ve been able to remain fairly flexible. Without this, I wouldn’t be able to fully keep up on my daily tasks, keep up with my 2 kids, and maintain an active lifestyle. 5 stars!” – A.M.
Contact Us Today to Make an Appointment
If you have questions about pelvic health services or would like to learn more about how physical therapy help you regain your health, happiness, and hope through movement, call 866-588-0230 or request an appointment.