Pelvic Floor Therapy

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Treatments in Wolfeboro, NH

Ohm Lifestyle Center is excited to introduce you to our Pelvic Floor Specialist, Bernadine. She has been providing pelvic floor therapy treatments to clients who are suffering from pelvic pain and incontinence, are pregnant or postpartum, are experiencing menopause, painful periods, and much more. Strengthening your pelvic floor through targeted exercises and treatments can leave you with a greater awareness of your muscles and body. Discover more about pelvic floor treatments at Ohm and how you can add this treatment into your wellness journey today!

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What Are Pelvic Floor Treatments?

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Pelvic floor treatments are a specialized physical therapy for strengthening pelvic floor muscles. They are designed to relieve pelvic pain and other conditions that may be affecting a woman’s health. Everybody has a pelvic floor, both men and women. A pelvic floor is a group of muscles comprising your urinary and reproductive tracts. It connects your tailbone to your pubic bone. A pelvic floor therapy session may be needed when clients are pregnant, postpartum, experiencing problems controlling their bladder or bowel movements, and other various pelvic dysfunctions. Pelvic floor exercises and treatments can combine exercises, stretching, and moving to strengthen and relax your pelvic floor. There are many benefits of pelvic floor therapy for women; discover below some of the amazing benefits that frequent pelvic floor treatments can provide.

The Benefits Pelvic Floor Therapy Provides For Women’s Health

  • Bowel and Bladder Control/Continence
  • Pregnancy & Postpartum 
  • Pelvic Pain Syndromes including vaginismus, chronic pelvic pain syndrome, vulvodynia
  • Pain with sex/intimacy
  • Pelvic Girdle Pain (sacroiliac, pubic symphysis dysfunction)
  • Endometriosis and Interstitial Cystitis
  • Heavy or painful periods/Dysmenorrhea
  • Post Menopausal Conditions
  • Complex Pelvic Pain
  • Female Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
  • Recurring Ovarian Cysts or Bladder Infections
  • Post-surgical conditions (Episiotomy, C-section, Hysterectomy preparation and recovery)
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Diastasis Recti
  • Coccydynia/Traumatic Falls

The Goal Of Pelvic Floor Exercises

Gain Control Of Your Bladder

Gaining control of your bladder and urination is one of the main goals of pelvic floor exercises through strengthening muscles.

Enhance Bowel Control

Pelvic floor exercises are not just for strengthening your bladder and urination. Your pelvic floor connects the tailbone and pubic bone, making it responsible for your bowels as well.

Reduce The Need For Medication

Strengthening your pelvic floor may reduce the need for medication. Relaxing pelvic floor muscles reduces pain and the need for medication.

Provide Self-Care

Pelvic floor therapy relieves pain, discomfort, and irregular symptoms in women all while enhancing their self-care. Regain confidence in your body with pelvic floor therapy.

Regain Muscle Awareness

Regaining strength and awareness of your muscles is a primary goal of pelvic floor therapy. Clients can feel confident in their body and how your muscles work.

Enhance Sexual Response

Pelvic pain often brings difficulty or pain during sex & intimacy. Regain your sexual response and connection with your partner through the frequent use of pelvic floor exercises.

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About Our Pelvic Floor Therapist

Meet Bernadine, A Pelvic Floor Specialist Providing Pelvic Healing & Wellness Therapy

Hello, My name is Bernadine Kosowicz, owner and solo pelvic floor therapist at Total Pelvic Health, located at Ohm Lifestyle Center. I have over 25 years of experience in a variety of rehabilitation settings specializing in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction. I attended Northeast University as an undergraduate in Physical Therapy and continued my education at San Jose State University in California for a degree in Occupational Therapy. I love learning and have certifications in pelvic floor therapy, lymphedema and maya abdominal massage. 

Bernadine Kosowicz pelvic floor specialist at Ohm

Through my personal journey with high-risk pregnancy and postpartum recovery, I am dedicated to helping people of all ages optimize their pelvic health, discover freedom through mindful movement, and return to the things they love to do! I started my private practice to help men and women like you and me. I provide a client-centered, holistic, and integrative approach to pelvic health and wellness for clients who are experiencing a variety of pelvic, bladder, bowel, and sexual health issues. 

My husband and I live in Wolfeboro. Our greatest joy is spending time with our children and grandchildren and enjoying lake life. We love the outdoors and can be found gardening, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and kayaking, depending upon the season. We love to travel and all Boston sports! We are very excited to become part of the Wolfeboro community.

What To Expect At Your Pelvic Floor Visit

Your treatment may include a variety of manual therapy techniques, maya abdominal therapy, behavioral therapy, therapeutic exercise, modalities including electrical stimulation, heat/ice, and neuromuscular re-education, including the use of biofeedback to restore the body’s balance, improve symptoms, and reduce the need for medications or surgery. Our pelvic floor specialist will discuss this with you at your initial visit, ask about your current condition and goals, and develop a customized plan for your health and wellness.

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FAQ About Pelvic Floor Therapy For Women’s Health

The signs of pelvic floor dysfunction include frequent urination or the feeling of being unable to hold in urine, urine leakage, constipation, bowel incontinence, pelvic pain, pain during sex/intimacy, tailbone pain, hip pain, lower back pain, or pressure.

The cause of pelvic pain is often hard to pin down. Pain may be caused by direct trauma after an incident, trauma after giving birth, a fall, or an accident. A pelvic floor physical therapist can help pin down your pelvic pain and devise a solution for alleviating pain through exercises and stretching. 

The ideal candidate for a pelvic floor treatment is someone who may be suffering from incontinence with their urine or bowels, is experiencing pain with sex/intimacy, is suffering from pelvic pain from an accident, or is looking to prevent any of these issues in the future. If you believe you may be a candidate for pelvic floor therapy, contact our team today for guidance.

The number of sessions needed to see significant improvement after pelvic floor therapy is dependent upon the client and their condition. Most clients will see improvements in their pelvic floor after their third or fourth session. Clients must schedule weekly visits for up to 12 weeks to see significant improvement in their pelvic floor and pelvic dysfunction symptoms.

Schedule An Appointment With Our Pelvic Floor Specialist in Wolfeboro, NH

If you are experiencing any of the above signs of pelvic floor dysfunction or are looking to find relief from your pelvic pain, Ohm Lifestyle Center is ready to help. Our team is committed to improving your overall health and wellness from the head down. Our pelvic floor specialist provides an individualized, holistic, and integrative approach to the core and pelvic floor healing. Learn more about our pelvic floor therapy, and whether or not it can benefit you, by giving us a call at 603-515-9923.

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