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Medical Services

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

for Adults & Pediatrics

Fitzgibbon Hospital Rehabilitation Services
2305 S. Highway 65 | Marshall, MO 65340
(660) 831-3236

Pelvic Floor Function

The pelvic floor is made up of muscles that control the flow of urine and bowel movements, support  internal organs, and provide stability to the pelvis and low back. Problems with pelvic floor muscle function can lead to a variety of symptoms, including pain and issues with urinary and bowel function.

Both males and females can suffer from issues related to their pelvic floor. The pelvic floor muscles are quite similar and serve the same basic function.  Our pelvic floor physical therapist is specially trained in treating the pelvic floor muscles to address these issues.  


Individuals may benefit from pelvic floor physical therapy if they are experiencing . . .

In adults:
leaking of urine or feces
constipation or difficulty emptying bowels
difficulty initiating urination
pain with intercourse or pelvic exams
pain in the abdomen, tailbone or genital area
a "falling out" or "heaviness" feeling
unresolved low back or hip pain
diastasis recti (separation of abdominal muscles)
.
In children:
bed wetting (after 6 years old)
urinary leakage (after previously being potty trained, or after 5 years old)
fecal leakage
difficulty initiating urination
constipation or difficulty emptying bowels

NOTE:  No internal examination/treatment is done on children.

Treatment may include . . .

education and behavioral modifications
exercise (hip and core strengthening)
postural education and functional training
pelvic floor exercises
relaxation techniques
manual therapy (trigger point therapy, myofascial release, scar tissue mobilization, etc.) 
   

What patients are saying . . .

"I had no idea my pelvic floor was responsible for so many of my issues. It all makes sense now. Thank you for taking the time to teach me."
"This is the lowest my pain has been in years!"
"I can now be intimate with my spouse without any pain."
"For the first time in 5 years, I can 'hold' it all the way to the bathroom."

To get started . . .

If you believe you may benefit from pelvic floor therapy, see your medical provider and ask for a referral to Fitzgibbon Hospital Rehabilitation Services. Most insurance plans require a medical consultation and referral. It's always best to verify medical coverage with your insurance plan before starting treatment.

We understand the personal and private nature of these issues. Professional and sensitive care will be provided. You are encouraged to bring a friend or loved one if this will make you more comfortable.

Our Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist

Jennifer Dickinson, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist

Jennifer Dickinson, PT, DPT, earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Missouri in 2013. A native of Saline County, she returned home and joined Fitzgibbon Hospital Rehabilitation Services following graduation. In 2016, she attended her first pelvic floor education course through the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. She discovered a new passion in helping individuals improve their quality of life through pelvic floor therapies.