FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS PELVIC FLOOR PHYSICAL/OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY?
Pelvic floor physical / occupational therapy is the treatment of the musculoskeletal system between your shoulders and your knees and beyond. This often focuses on dysfunction of the pelvic floor muscles that span the bottom of our pelvis from the pubic bone, tailbone, and sit bones. The pelvic floor muscles have a number of important functions: not letting us lose urine or bowels, supporting our organs, supporting our core, and enhancing sexual pleasure.
The pelvic floor muscles can become overactive or "tight" and have trouble letting go or be weak and unable to support the core. Pelvic floor muscle weakness can manifest as leaking urine when we exercise, laugh, cough or sneeze, leaking stool, pelvic organ prolapse, and back pain.
When the pelvic floor muscles are overactive people can have issues including pelvic pain with intercourse, sitting, or in the tailbone, trouble starting the stream of urine, and back and abdominal pain.
Life events such as being pregnant, giving birth, stress, trauma, and surgery can affect the strength and coordination of these muscles. Many people with pelvic floor dysfunction have not had children.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR FIRST VISIT
Physical & occupational therapy starts with an evaluation including a discussion of the problem you are seeking help with, what you want to improve, and your medical history. Depending on what was discussed, the physical therapist may want to perform physical tests and measures such as watching how you move, testing your strength, and testing your flexibility. We often recommend an internal and external pelvic floor examination. However, any examination is optional and based upon your comfort. After these tests, the physical therapist will start treatment to resolve any impairments such as weakness, tightness, postural alignment, breathing, and habits. Treatment may include exercises, manual therapy, and a home program.
In order to provide quality care and one on one time with our clients, we are out of network with insurance.
We can provide an itemized super bill with the codes required for you to submit to your insurance provider for possible reimbursement using your out of network benefits. If this interests you, please contact your insurance provider to determine your out-of-network benefits.
You can pay with a credit, debit, HSA, or FSA card.
Wellness consultations are considered a wellness service and therefore do not qualify for insurance reimbursement.
Dr. Julianna Allen PT, DPT, WCS and Mirah Sand OTR/L are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
The office has been thoroughly cleaned, emptied of reading materials and porous surfaces and will have individualized linens.
There will be a 15 minute cleaning break between clients. This will help avoid any overlap between people.
Your provider will be wearing a mask throughout each session in accordance with Health and Human Services and Center for Disease Control COVID-19 recommended guidelines.
It is in all of our interests to stay healthy and free of the COVID-19 virus and related illness by abiding by the following mandatory steps:
Everyone must bring and wear a mask throughout the appointment. The mask needs to cover your mouth and nose.
If you are presenting with symptoms of fatigue, respiratory difficulty, fever, sweating, loss of taste or smell, have been exposed to another person who is a positive or suspected COVID-19 carrier during the past week, or generally feel sick before your appointment, please do not come. Email email@example.com to cancel and reschedule your appointment.
You will take full responsibility for attending an in-person appointment. Embrace PT & Wellness will not be held liable for any COVID-19 or related respiratory issues as a result of your visit.
HOW DO I SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT?
DO I NEED AN INTERNAL EXAMINATION?
No! Anything and everything that happens during your appointment is based on your comfort. If you are not comfortable with an internal examination you have option to have an external examination or no examination at all.
HOW MANY APPOINTMENTS WILL I NEED?
Alas, it depends. How many visits will depend on what is going on, how you are progressing, and many other factors. Typically people have an evaluation and a few follow ups to make sure that they are progressing well toward their goals.