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Pelvic Health Physical Therapy | Pittsburgh, PA

What is Pelvic Floor Therapy?

Pelvic floor therapy is an important part of your overall health. As we age, both men and women can experience issues with the pelvic floor muscles, joints, nerves, bones, and other soft tissues related to the pelvis. A weakened pelvic floor can lead to bowel and bladder issues, incontinence, and sexual dysfunction.

If you’re looking for a pelvic health physical therapist in the Pittsburgh area, please call us at (412) 856-8060 or submit an online appointment request form.

At ESSMC our physical therapist offers pelvic floor therapy options with a wide variety of benefits such as:

Reduced Bladder and Bowel Issues

Bladder and bowel issues are common among older men and among women who have experienced a difficult or traumatic pregnancy. Mild incontinence is often caused by a pelvic floor dysfunction, which affects the ability to be able to “hold” bowel or urinary functions. Also, constipation, difficulty with bowel movement, fecal incontinence

Reduced Musculoskeletal Pain

The entire musculoskeletal system works as a single unit. Because of this, a pelvic floor dysfunction can affect many other parts of the body, such as the back, hips, and groin, and lead to pain and spasms. Pelvic floor therapy can eliminate these issues altogether and restore the balance of the body.

Sexual and Overall Wellness

Pelvic pain can seriously affect Men and Women’s sexual well-being by causing undesirable intercourse, impotence, and even erectile dysfunction (ED) in men. Pelvic floor therapy has been proven to aid with these issues, and help patients live a more fulfilling life.

Pregnancy and Postpartum 

During pregnancy, many women experience symptoms that pelvic floor physical therapy can address such as constipation, urinary urgency, frequency, and leaking, pubic symphysis pain/separation, sacro-iliac joint, hip, and back pain, and sciatic pain. Postpartum pelvic floor physical therapy can help with:

  • Urinary retention, urgency, frequency, hesitancy, pain, and incontinence (leaking)
  • Painful sex, diminished or absent orgasm
  • Restoring core function and strength: abdominals and pelvic floor
  • Pelvic floor and pelvic girdle, low back, and hip pain
  • Cesarean section and episiotomy scar tissue and pain


Endometriosis is a condition that occurs when tissue much like the tissue that lines a woman’s uterus  (endometrium) starts to grow in other places inside the body. Most commonly, these growths are within the pelvis, such as on the ovaries, the fallopian tubes, the outer surface of the uterus, or the bladder.

Common symptoms of endometriosis include:

  • Painful periods. Pelvic pain and cramping may start before or during a menstrual period. You also may experience lower back and stomach pain. 
  • Pain with bowel movements or urination: Can be experienced as well, most likely to occur during the menstrual period.
  • Excessive bleeding: You may experience heavy menstrual periods or bleeding between periods.
  • Pain with sex: Pain during or after sex can be common.
  • Other symptoms. You may have fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, bloating or nausea. These symptoms are more common before or during menstrual periods.

To receive your evaluation and begin discussing your care needs, please call us at (412) 856-8060 or submit an online appointment request form.

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