Pelvic Health Programs

Pelvic Health Pelvic Health Programs

Pelvic Health Experts You Can Trust!

The pelvic floor muscles have enormous responsibilities all day long and for numerous body systems— problems here can vary from weakness to tightness and often need special attention postpartum and with increasing age. Research shows that 1 out of 5 people (men and women!) will have some form of an issue “down there” within their lifetime. Issues this prevalent should not be swept under the rug! People are often left without a concrete diagnosis and only vague options for treatment or worse, they’re told “it’s normal” and to “just live with it”. While pelvic floor dysfunction is common, it’s not normal and we have a clear solution: pelvic floor physical therapy!

Are You Suffering from Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?

To figure out if you have a pelvic floor dysfunction, it’s helpful to first know the functions of the pelvic floor:

  1. Support: to stop your abdominal organs from “falling out”, to keep your vaginal and rectal walls stable, and to contribute to your core stability
  2. Leak Protection: the pelvic floor works in conjunction with the sphincters that close the openings of the urethra, vagina, and rectum
  3. Sex: These muscles regulate the ability to orgasm and blood flow to the pelvis
  4. Stability: as part of the core muscles, the pelvic floor assists with stabilizing the lumbar spine, hips, and pelvic complex including the sacroiliac, pubic symphysis, and sacrococcygeal joints
  5. Antigravity Pump: the pelvic floor muscles help pump venous blood and lymph out of the lower limbs

If any of those functions are missing or poorly performed, then the result might not only include pain and leaking, but also embarrassment and shame. This is not something anyone should have to live with and there’s plenty of research to show that you don’t have to!

A typical pelvic health examination with a specialized physical therapist will include a comprehensive examination of the muscles (core and pelvic floor muscles) and joints mentioned above. Depending on your issues, this can include external or internal palpation of the muscles and tailbone. You will also receive education on the mechanism causing your symptoms, as well as what successful treatment looks like.

People always have questions, so please call us for more information about our comprehensive pelvic health programs for both men and women in addition to gender affirming care for trans health. 

Women’s Health Programs and Diagnosis 

The Women’s Health Specialists at Body Gears are here to empower, educate, and help you to feel better about a variety of pelvic symptoms that you might not even have known that physical therapy can treat. It’s absolutely normal to feel nervous, curious, or scared of incontinence, prolapse, pelvic pain, painful sex or any other symptoms you may be having. 

Men’s Health Programs and Diagnosis 

From post-prostatectomy to urinary frequency, the Men’s Health Specialists at Body Gears are experts in treating urinary issues in men. We are committed to treating the root causes of your symptoms to give you back control over your bladder, rather than your bladder controlling you. We use a manual approach as well as treatment tools like e-stim and biofeedback to make treatment both comfortable and effective.

Are You Ready to Gain Control Back in Your Life? 

You can also request a free consult at one of our six Chicagoland clinics with 24-48 hours scheduling – no strings attached!