Northwest Wellness Group is a private physical therapy practice and is the first specialty physical therapy clinic in Arlington Heights to focus specifically on gynecological, urological, and abdominal conditions. We offer a wide variety of treatments including — therapeutic exercises, manual therapy, education, biofeedback, cold laser, electrical stimulation, and functional dry needling. Once evaluated, patients receive a customized program and private one-on-one treatments in a warm and serene setting.

Pelvic floor therapy is a non-surgical approach designed to help strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor, to identify the source of pelvic pain, or to improve or resolve conditions that contribute to bladder, bowel, sexual, and pain issues.

Approaches may include therapeutic exercises, manual therapy, modalities, behavioral strategies education, and functional re-training.

Just like any other muscle in your body, with regular exercise, you can retrain and strengthen your floor. 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.

What to Expect During an Appointment
The first appointment will include a careful interview and discussion about your experience, including an account of symptoms as well as medical history and lifestyle. Your therapist will evaluate things such as your posture, back, and hips, and provide you with feedback on how physical therapy can help. In addition, to complete the assessment, your physical therapist may need to conduct an internal exam.

This exam helps get a full sense of the strength and flexibility of your pelvic floor muscles. For women, this will be through the vagina (though not with a speculum like a standard pelvic exam). For men and some women, the exam is done rectally. In some cases, an internal exam is not necessary or possible, such as when your condition involves pain during penetration.

Treatment Plans and Timelines

Many pelvic floor conditions can be managed and healed without surgery. Seeing one of our pelvic floor therapists will help you better understand your symptoms and a personalized program will help you alleviate your pelvic discomfort or pain through retraining and strengthening your muscles. While some patients only need a few sessions about specialized exercise and self-care programs, others may need more on-site sessions to be sufficiently treated. Regardless, your physical therapist should be able to give you an approximate timeline, though rehabilitation and healing are not always predictable.

During the first appointment, you may receive initial advice, education, and a treatment plan. This plan may change based on how your body responds and may include internal soft tissue work and exercises to do at home.

Our treatments include

  • Muscle Retraining
  • Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Visceral Mobilization
  • Scar Mobilization
  • Biofeedback
  • Electrical Stimulation
  • Functional Dry Needling
  • Cold Laser
  • At-home Pelvic floor exercise plan
  • Trigger point manual therapy to release muscle tension
  • Manual therapy of other parts of the body
  • Stretching and yoga
  • Other gentle strength-building exercises
  • Nutrition and lifestyle
  • Mindfulness, breathing techniques, and other pain management methods

Begin Your Journey to Better Wellness

I have been utilizing the therapeutic services of Dr. Rosie Radford for “over a half a decade.” My daughter was also blessed to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Radford. Dr. Radford’s therapy work and education have had life changing effects for both of us and put us on paths that changed our daily lifestyles in positive, life lasting ways

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