Pelvic Floor Therapy, also known as PFT, is a method of strengthening the muscles of the pelvic structures. These structures are sometimes referred to as the pelvic floor.
PFT at the Fort Worth Center for Pelvic Medicine treats women with urinary or fecal incontinence, urgency/frequency of urination, and/or pain in the pelvic region. This includes: pain in the abdominals, buttocks, pelvic floor, tailbone, vagina, and rectum. The pelvic floor muscles may become weak, tight or spastic as a result of disuse, weakness and prolapse, surgery or trauma. PFT provides strengthening as well as relaxation treatment. The treatment protocol is based on each patient’s unique needs and symptoms.
Each therapy session takes about thirty minutes. 5 – 10 minutes of biofeedback and isolation technique is followed by continued electrical stimulation techniques. This therapy is offered in a comfortable lazy boy over-size chair in a relaxing atmosphere.
The treatment is not painful, but some patients report muscle fatigue after the first one to two sessions. This regimen results in muscle development and increased muscle srength. A typical regimen involves one therapy session per week as well as specific pelvic floor exercises to be completed at home.