Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy in Grand Rapids

If you are looking for Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy in Grand Rapids or are curious as to what pelvic floor PT even involves, this article will provide useful information.

Pelvic floor physical therapy is your solution and path forward to reclaiming your best self when you have issues in this department! Imagine your quality of life if you didn’t have pelvic floor problems!  What would you be able to enjoy?  Wouldn’t it be great to sign up for the Bridge Run in downtown Grand Rapids? How about sitting and driving to the UP without pelvic pain.  Or, picture yourself running with your kids and not worrying about your bladder or pelvic organ prolapse.  Consider what your relationship might feel like if sex were not painful.  Pelvic floor physical therapy can help restore you to your best self.

We are Purple Mountain Physical Therapy, offering specialty pelvic floor physical therapy in Grand Rapids, Michigan and specifically providing advanced and expert techniques to recover from pelvic conditions.

Although we commonly hear “I’ve never heard of this physical therapy”, Dr. Maureen O’Keefe, doctor of physical therapy, has been a pelvic health physical therapist specialist for over two decades. She practiced, first in Chicago for more than two decades, and now offers pelvic floor physical therapy in Grand Rapids. Dr. O’Keefe would like to raise the awareness of the importance of taking care of your pelvic health and is devoted to helping her patients get the best results.

If you want to imagine how pelvic floor physical therapy might help you, read what one patient told us following her pelvic floor physical therapy:

“I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your help and treatment! I feel great still and I thank God everyday for meeting you! It really changed my life and I don’t have pain! I can’t thank you enough! May God bless you and your family!”    Female, endometriosis, chronic pelvic pain

When you choose Purple Mountain Physical Therapy, here are some things to expect:

You will be treated by a Doctor of Physical Therapy who has post-doctoral training in pelvic health, pelvic floor rehabilitation and pelvic floor dysfunction.  This includes conditions such as female pelvic health throughout the lifespan, male pelvic health, chronic pelvic pain, sexual health, painful sex, interstitial cystitis, endometriosis, chronic prostatitis, Pudendal neuralgia, clitorodynia, persistent genital arousal disorder, coccydynia, peri-menopause and menopause related health, post-prostatectomy rehabilitation, urinary incontinence, post-partum recovery and pregnancy care.

Instead of “Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy” maybe it should be called “Wholistic Physical Therapy” because we actually evaluate and treat a lot more than the pelvic floor muscles.  This should give you an idea:

  • The first appointment includes comfortable conversation so you can provide a detailed history of what is going on, what has helped you, what treatments you’ve tried that worked and which ones didn’t help and what your goals are.
  • Depending on your condition we may need to evaluate your back, hips, abdomen and thighs.  We evaluate strength, flexibility, muscle and fascia tissue quality, joint mobility and more.  Because everyone’s needs vary, the specifics of what you can expect might range from basic movements like standing, balancing and squat to more complex movements such as hopping or jumping.
  • Next, typically we will assess your abdominal wall, so we observe your breathing, posture and any abdominal tension.  Most patients are evaluated for a diastasis rectus abdominus, which is a separation of the abdominal wall.  This evaluation involves you lying on the table and your physical therapist gently touching your abdomen. You also will be asked to move your body in certain, gentle ways as we assess you for a diastasis rectus abdominus (DRA).
  • Because scar tissue can contribute to pain and other problems, we check your abdomen for scar tissue build up. We will examine and treat all scars related to C-sections, robotic surgeries, laparoscopic surgeries and hernias.

Next, with your permission, we may turn our attention to evaluating and treating your pelvic floor:

  • Pelvic floor physical therapy may also include a gentle examination of the muscles internally, either through a vaginal exam or rectal exam. We do not use instruments or tools, so our examinations are typically not painful. We are expert pelvic health therapists and we provide a very precise and detailed evaluation of your anatomy. Therefore, we examine every muscle, boney landmark, area where nerves enter/exit the pelvis and associated tissues throughout the pelvis. We provide feedback so you know exactly what we are finding and treating.
  • Follow up appointments are often a combination of hands-on manual therapy techniques, neural calming, biofeedback, strength and conditioning, fascia flow exercise, core coordination & pelvic floor rehabilitation exercises and patient education.
  • We teach you exercises and behavioral strategies that should be completed between appointments. This is a very important piece of your recovery and will get you to your goals!
  • For most people appointments are once a week, although this can vary. All appointments are private, 55 minutes long and with the same therapist. We never pass you off to another staff member. Nor do we make you wait for follow up appointments.  We want you to get results and, therefore, we make a commitment to you and pledge to meet your needs.  This is part of our patient-centered, compassionate treatment mission.
  • We offer tele-rehabilitation visits, also. These are virtual visits, typically 25 minutes long and include patient education, neural calming, pelvic floor coordination exercises, core exercises, bladder retraining strategies and other exercise completion.

Most important of all, pelvic floor physical therapy gets you back to doing the things you want to do!

We’ve had patients be able to return to just about any activity you can imagine:  water skiing, traveling abroad, sitting for roadtrips, sexual intimacy, CrossFit workouts, jumping jacks, racquetball, basketball, fishing, running around with their kids, baking, dancing, yoga, job interviews and new jobs, babysitting, college and more!  Tell us your goal and we will help you reach them!

  • Urinary incontinence? Yes, we help this!
  • Postpartum pelvic floor dysfunction and split abdominals? Yes, we help this!
  • Urge incontinence when trying to get to the bathroom? Yes, we help this!
  • Inability to have sex because of pain? Yes, we help this!
  • Chronic prostatitis pain? Yes!
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction? Yes!
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse?  Yes!

At Purple Mountain Physical Therapy, this work is a calling and a vocation. We are in this field to improve lives, one person at a time. We enjoy meeting you, getting to know about your busy life and helping you get back to all the things you dream of!

One Woman’s Story:

To read what pelvic floor physical therapy was like for one woman treated for painful sex and inability to wear tampons, check out this article:

Do you think you may benefit from pelvic floor Physical Therapy?  Call us to schedule your appointment: 616-516-4334

We hope this answers some of your questions about what to expect should you need pelvic floor physical therapy. To answer any other questions or schedule an evaluation, contact us here!   We promise to give you our best and to welcome you graciously.

Dr. Maureen O’Keefe, DPT