Our Women's and Men's Health Physical Therapy Services
Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Rehabilitation Services has a program specifically devoted to women’s and men’s health, including: physical therapy for pelvic floor related conditions, lymphedema, breast care, bone health/osteoporosis, and pregnancy and postpartum related conditions.
Pelvic floor physical therapy includes the evaluation and treatment of men and women with the following diagnoses: pelvic pain (including but not limited to: vulvodynia, vestibulodynia, prostatitis, dyspareunia, vaginismus, pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, myofascial pelvic pain syndrome), urinary and fecal incontinence, constipation (dyssynergic defecation), pre- and post-pelvic surgery, and pregnancy and postpartum musculoskeletal conditions.
What can I expect the first day? A thorough history and physical examination will be conducted the first day specifically related to the problem you are coming to physical therapy for. For pelvic floor related conditions (ie: incontinence, constipation, pelvic pain), it is likely an external and internal pelvic floor muscle examination will be conducted, a speculum will not be used. Based on the results of the examination, your therapist will devise with you a specific plan of care to treat your condition.
What if I have my period, can I still come to my appointment? Having your period is not a contraindication to what we do. As long as you are comfortable, it is perfectly fine to attend your appointment during your menstrual cycle.
How long will it take to get better? Unfortunately, there is no easy answer for that question. Every person/body and diagnosis is different. Your physical therapist will work with you to attain your goals as safely and efficiently as possible. Your therapist can talk to you specifically about your goals, plan of care, and anticipated prognosis.
What should I wear to the appointment? Comfortable clothes are always encouraged. However, if you are attending physical therapy for pelvic floor related conditions it is likely you will have an internal exam that you will be draped for, so the type of clothing you wear is not relevant. If you need specific exercise clothes, your therapist will let you know.
Rehabilitation Services - Physical and Occupational Therapy