Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

The growing emphasis on wellness has brought to our awareness a need to pay closer attention to our bodies during recreation, work, and throughout daily life. Pelvic floor physical therapists have specialized training which benefit individuals with a variety of medical conditions, including: incontinence, pre- and post-partum periods, pre- and post-gynecological surgery, pelvic pain, and coccyx (tailbone) pain.


Some tools for treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction include the use of biofeedback, a device that measures the activity of your muscles. Muscle function may be assessed both internally and externally via muscle sensors and it also is an excellent training method.

Diagnostic and treatment procedures may include:
  • Pelvic floor exercises
  • Transverse abdominus stabilization exercises
  • Bladder diary/retraining
  • Scar and tissue mobilization
  • Behavioral techniques
  • Postural education and functional training
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Manual therapy
  • Core strengthening
  • Biofeedback
  • Extensive patient education with behavior and dietary modifications
Patients may benefit from physical therapy if they are experiencing:
  • Accidental leakage of urine when coughing, sneezing or laughing
  • The need to urinate frequently or all of a sudden, uncontrollable urge to urinate
  • Pain in the pelvic region
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Organ prolapse
  • Pre- and post-partum related issues such as back pain, diastasis recti and sciatica
  • Scar tissue concerns
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Post prostatectomy incontinence
  • Colorectal conditions and constipation
  • Coccyx disorders
  • Urinary retention
  • Pelvic dysfunction following cancer diagnosis

 

 

Meet the Therapists

Leah Passalacqua
Leah Passalacqua, PT
Leah has been a colleague of St. Anthony's since 2001, and earned her bachelors in physical therapy in 1996. Her area of interest is women's health. She has received numerous pelvic floor certifications including Level 1, 2A, 2B, and Pelvic Floor Capstone in Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy through the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehab Institute. She is also a credentialed Clinical Instructor for the American Physical Therapy Association.
Jessica Mottashed
Jessica Mottashed, PT, DPT
Jessica graduated from Missouri State University with her doctorate of physical therapy in May 2017. She has been with St. Anthony's since graduation. Jessica received her pelvic floor certification through Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehab Institute Level 1 certification in October
 
Caitlin Sudkamp
Caitlin Sudkamp, PTA
Caitlin has an associate’s degree from Lake Land College. She has been with St. Anthony's since 2013. She is trained in Astym and pelvic floor therapy and has obtained Level 1 certification through Herman & Wallace Pelvic Floor Rehab Institute.