Serving Arlington Heights and surrounding neighborhoods
Northwest Wellness Group understands the impact and intimacy associated with Pelvic Floor disorders. We offer compassionate, caring and confidential services with seasoned therapists exclusively trained in and dedicated to pelvic floor therapy and wellness. It’s our goal to make our patients 100% comfortable – from the initial consultation and all the way through each customized treatment. Our Arlington Heights office includes private spa-like treatment rooms and an individual or small group exercise room.
What is the Pelvic Floor?
Your pelvic floor is a group of muscles, connective tissue and nerves in your pelvic region. Basically your pelvic floor acts like a sling to support the organs in your pelvis — including bladder, rectum, and uterus or prostate. Contracting and relaxing these muscles is what allows you to control urination, bowel movements and, for women in particular, sexual intercourse.
Conditions We Treat
Northwest Wellness Group specializes in gynecological, urological and abdominal conditions. These are problems that include incontinence and pain of the bladder, bowel, and pelvic region. Often triggered by surgery, pregnancy, or trauma, they can involve muscle, nerve, and soft tissue dysfunction — areas well addressed with physical therapy.
All conditions are treated by an experienced Physical Therapist who specializes in pelvic health.
Pelvic pain is pain in the lowest part of your abdomen and pelvis. You can experience pain in your lower back, buttocks, thighs while urinating, sitting or even during sexual activities.
Being pregnant and having a vaginal delivery may weaken or stretch some of the supporting structures in the pelvis. Pelvic floor disorders are more common among women who have had vaginal deliveries and the risk increases with each delivery. The delivery itself may damage nerves, leading to muscle weakness and dysfunction.
Bladder dysfunction can affect the pelvic floor muscles. Lack of communication and coordination between the bladder and pelvic floor muscles can result in creating new urinary symptoms or aid in perpetuating a patient’s current bladder symptoms.
Bowel movements are enabled by contracting and relaxing the pelvic floor muscles. Pelvic floor dysfunction is when you lose the ability to correctly contract (tighten) and relax the muscles in the pelvic floor to have a bowel movement.
Many men experience pain in the pelvis at some point in their life. Common symptoms may include difficult, painful, or frequent urination; pain in the area of the bladder, groin, testicles, abdomen and, can include discomfort with sitting.
Pelvic pain is a symptom that affects many women and can be caused by a wide variety of conditions and diseases. Women typically describe it as a dull ache or pressure that can also include sharp pains located anywhere in the abdomen below the navel.
Your pelvic floor plays a major role in sexual functioning. For instance, if you have vulvar pain or post-ejaculatory pain, you’ll understandably develop hesitation around sex. For some patients, their symptoms might even make sex all but impossible.
At Northwest Wellness Group, we specifically focus on gynecological, urological and abdominal conditions. Our ultimate goal is to help patients of all ages gain function and improve their quality of life using a combination of advanced manual skills and traditional physical therapy approaches. We offer a wide variety of treatments including biofeedback, cold laser, electrical stimulation, and therapeutic exercise equipment. Our location offers patients customized programs and treatments in a private and serene setting.
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If you need a specialized physical therapist, I highly recommend Rosie Radford. Rosie is very competent, kind and compassionate about her work. Rosie is truly professional and puts you at ease knowing how difficult and personal these issues can be. Rosie had genuine concern for my treatment and well-being. Most importantly, Rosie’s treatment worked!