What is internal physical therapy and why do we have to do it?
Internal physical therapy is used to assess and treat the internal muscles of the vagina and rectum. It is important for evaluating muscles, assessing restrictions and prolapse, identifying trigger points, and understanding what reproduces pain. Internal work is often not required at every visit.
Do you treat men?
Yes, men can experience pelvic pain and incontinence that pelvic or abdominal physical therapy can be beneficial for. Pelvic pain and incontinence associated with a removal of the prostate are two common issues for men that we can help with.
How long will I have to come to therapy?
Each patient seen at Northwest Wellness Group receives an individualized treatment plan. The length of your therapy will depend on a variety of factors such as the severity of your condition, your response to different components of the treatment, and your compliance with therapy recommendations in and out of the office.
What kind of insurance do you take?
Northwest Wellness Group is in network with BCBS PPO and Medicare. We function as an out of network provider for all other insurances. We will assist in finding out what your benefits are, but verification of insurance is not a guarantee of payment by insurance. The patient is responsible for knowing their insurance coverage and benefits. Co-pays and self-pays are due at time of service.
What kind of education do you have?
In addition to her education, Rosie Radford, PT, DPT, BCB-PMD invests many hours in continuing education with the APTA/SOWH, Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, Barral Institute, John Barnes Myofascial Release Approach, and through Biofeedback re-certification.
She is also a member of the Chicagoland Pelvic Floor Research Consortium
How does diet affect my bladder/bowel?
Diet can have a significant impact on bladder and bowel health. Certain foods can irritate the bladder, other foods can help with constipation. In addition to physical therapy treatment, patients seen at Northwest Wellness Group receive counseling on how nutrition and lifestyle choices can impact their bladder and bowel health.
What is visceral manipulation?
Visceral manipulation is a gentle hands-on approach to improving the mobility of the internal organs and related tissues. The internal organs, the soft tissue that surrounds them, and muscles in the abdomen are connected in a way that allows the organs float free of restrictions or pain. Trauma, surgery, or musculoskeletal injury can disrupt these connections causing dysfunction and pain.
What is Biofeedback?
Biofeedback is a painless way to assist in retraining the muscles of the pelvic floor. It can be used to downtrain, or relax, the muscles or to strengthen or coordinate them. Sensors are used to sense vaginal or rectal muscle activity and provide visual and auditory feedback so the patient can consciously make adjustments.