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CHCS offers pelvic floor therapy

The pelvic floor comprises the muscles, ligaments, and connective tissue that support and stabilize the organs in your pelvis. It might not be an area of the body that you want to discuss, but pelvic floor problems that result in incontinence, pelvic pain, or other problems are quite common. Occupational therapy can help, and Community HealthCare System now offers this specialized treatment.

According to Jill Nolte, CHCS occupational therapist, pelvic floor therapy can address pain, weakness, or dysfunction of the muscles in the pelvic floor or abdomen. The therapy can be used to treat incontinence, unexplained pain, pelvic organ prolapse, and more.

“Both men and women can suffer from pelvic floor problems from a variety of causes. Pregnancy and childbirth, aging, pelvic trauma or surgery, prostate inflammation, or even heavy lifting can cause various issues,” Nolte said.

Nolte has received special training to perform pelvic floor therapy. Following an evaluation of patients, Nolte tailors a treatment plan that may include pelvic floor exercises, stretches, and more. Aquatherapy is also an option in Onaga, where a pool is available in the CHCS Rehabilitation and Fitness Center.

“Following a treatment plan to strengthen or relax the pelvic floor can make a big difference to patients struggling with pelvic floor problems,” Nolte said.

Dr. Kendra Reith, family practice physician at Community HealthCare System, said many patients can benefit from pelvic floor therapy. She recognizes that patients may feel embarrassed to discuss the kinds of problems that result from pelvic floor dysfunction, but she hopes patients will discuss issues such as pain during sexual intercourse, urinary incontinence, or other sensitive issues with their healthcare provider so they can be referred to get treatment when appropriate.

“There’s no reason to suffer in silence. Occupational therapy can help reduce symptoms and make patients feel more in control,” Dr. Reith said.

Download a brochure about pelvic floor therapy or call 785-889-5048 to learn more.


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