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. 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 issues and pain complaints

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 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 plan and timeline

Many pelvic floor conditions can be managed and healed without surgery. Seeing one of our pelvic floor therapist 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 session and help learning specialized exercise and self-care program — 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 is not always predictable.

During the first appointment, you may receive initial advice, education and 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
  • 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

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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!