Each treatment session typically includes a combination of manual techniques including myofascial release, trigger point release, strain-counterstrain, scar tissue mobilization, visceral mobilization, muscle energy techniques, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, neuromuscular re-education and exercises including core stabilization, therapeutic exercise, postural education, and body mechanics training.
Biofeedback is another tool that we can use in your home to assess and treat your pelvic floor and transverse abdominus muscles. This is a tool that measures nerve activity in your pelvic floor muscles and then transmits it to a computer so you can see your pelvic floor muscle activity on the screen as your muscles contract and relax. It provides a great visual for you to see the strength, endurance, and relaxation of your pelvic floor muscles during kegels. We can also use it to monitor both your pelvic floor and transverse abdominus activation during functional activities like lifting, squating, lunging, childcare activities, and exercise to determine if you are using your core muscles appropriately both during pregnancy and postnatally. Another great use of this technology is to assess labor positions while you are pregnant to see what positions allow you to relax your pelvic floor muscles the most so you can use that information while in labor.
For more information on what to expect during a session, please take a look at my article, "You’re putting what, where? Women’s health physical therapy for pregnancy, labor & delivery, and the postnatal periods"