Pelvic floor physical therapy in urogynecologic disorders

Curr Womens Health Rep. 2003 Aug;3(4):334-9.


Physical therapists are uniquely qualified to treat pelvic floor dysfunction with conservative management techniques. Techniques associated with incontinence and support functions of the pelvic floor include bladder training and pelvic floor rehabilitation: pelvic floor exercises, biofeedback therapy, and pelvic floor electrical stimulation. Pain associated with mechanical pelvic floor dysfunction can be treated by physical therapists utilizing various manual techniques and modalities. Research documents that conservative management is effective in treating many conditions associated with pelvic floor dysfunction. Research should be conducted to determine if addressing diastasis recti and contracture of the pelvic floor musculature should be a component of the standard physical therapy protocol.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Wall / physiopathology
  • Behavior Therapy / methods
  • Contracture / therapy
  • Exercise Therapy / methods
  • Female
  • Female Urogenital Diseases / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Pelvic Floor / physiopathology*
  • Pelvic Pain / therapy
  • Physical Therapy Modalities / methods*
  • Rectus Abdominis / physiopathology