Pelvic rehabilitation is a specialty type of physical therapy that focuses on the pelvic region. Catholic Health’s pelvic rehab therapists have pursued advanced training so we can assist you in regaining control of your life. 

Pelvic floor dysfunction can cause patients to feel frustrated, even embarrassed. Fortunately, pelvic floor therapy is a great way to get relief — and feel like yourself again. 

What are pelvic floor muscles?

The pelvic floor includes the muscles and organs between one’s belly button and thighs. Both males and females have a pelvic floor. Any problems within this region can cause pelvic floor dysfunction.

Read through Pelvic Rehabilitation TherapistRacquel Kurzweg, DPT‘s answers to the most common questions about pelvic floor rehab. 


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Racquel Kurzweg, DPT

Racquel Kurzweg, DPT

Pelvic Rehabilitation Therapist

What happens when your pelvic floor is weak?

Any incoordination between pelvic floor muscles and the organs they support can present a variety of different symptoms, including: 

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Overactive bladder
  • Bowel issues and constipation
  • Lower back pain
  • Pain during sex
What is pelvic organ prolapse?

Prolapse is quite common in women with pelvic floor muscles that have been through immense strain, such as childbirth or gynecological surgery. 

“Prolapse” itself is a word for what happens when a body organ slips forward or down, out of its normal position. 

Pelvic organ prolapse happens when the muscles that hold the organs of the pelvic floor become weak or stretched out, thus unable to provide solid support.

What can I expect at my first visit?

Your first visit with a pelvic floor physical therapist is intended to be a patient evaluation. You can expect questions about your eating, drinking, elimination, and sexual activity – as they relate to your symptoms. 

Your posture, hip, abdominal, and pelvic floor muscles will be assessed for contributing factors such as weakness, tightness, or strain. 

Based on your symptoms, your initial visit may also include a pelvic floor exam. This is an external and internal vaginal or rectal exam, intended to assess the tone, flexibility, strength, and coordination of these muscles. 

What does treatment consist of?

Each patient’s treatment plan is specific to the individual’s symptoms and needs. It could range from:

  • PT exercises
  • relaxation techniques
  • motor control/coordination training
  • manual therapy 
  • electrical stimulation (e-stim) 
  • biofeedback 
  • behavioral modification

Catholic Health offers pelvic rehabilitation at convenient locations throughout Western New York. Our expert physical therapists help patients rehabilitate muscles of the pelvic floor through specialized exercise and therapy techniques. 

Find Pelvic Rehabilitation Therapy Near You
Call (716) 706-2112

Find Pelvic Rehabilitation Therapy Near You
Call (716) 706-2112