The therapists at Body Harmony Physical Therapy evaluate, assess, and treat a variety of musculoskeletal, neurological, geriatric, women’s health, and pelvic floor (men and women) conditions. We welcome you to bring a spouse, trusted friend, or therapist with you to any of your sessions.
Your initial session will include:
- A complete health history and review
- General musculoskeletal and neurological examination (internal and/or external) and evaluation of fascial and visceral restrictions
- Postural evaluation
- Patient education about the condition (including anatomy and physiology)
- Development of an individualized treatment plan including home exercise program
Treatment Sessions – 2-3 times per week: The therapist will review your condition with you and address any questions you have. Your individualized session will include physical therapy treatments that are beneficial to your specific condition. You will be taught a home exercise program which will progress over the course of treatment. The therapist will re-evaluate every 5-6 weeks and communicate your progress and treatment with your other health care providers. A session may include:
Pelvic Floor dysfunction may be evaluated, assessed and treated, with informed consent, internally via the vagina and/or rectum. The Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association recommends that
- Any internal pelvic (vaginal or rectal) myofascial release or soft tissue mobilization techniques that would require a continuous ongoing re-evaluation and reassessment should be performed by the physical therapist.
This requires advanced intensive training by a physical therapist. Internal pelvic floor exams performed by a physical therapist are different than those done by other clinicians. Physical therapists do not use speculums and in general spend more time evaluating the pelvic floor muscles including their tone, strength and ability to relax. Pelvic floor physical therapists are also sensitive to areas of spasm or pain as well as any other issues you may have.
Patient education for relaxation and stress reduction techniques to break the pain cycle
- Manual therapy: Myofascial release, connective tissue manipulation, myofascial trigger point release, joint mobilization
- Neuromuscular re-education
- Postural re-education (including treatment and self-correction)
- Progression of stretches and exercises to enhance core stabilization, function, and activities of daily living
- Home exercise program
A typical home exercise program will include
- Relaxation and stress reduction techniques
- Stretching and exercise protocol
- Self myofascial trigger point release
- Pain relief modalities or biofeedback when indicated
- Resources for your education such as books and CDs
We also offer week-long intensive treatment sessions for out-of-towners. Please call our office to learn more about this program.