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Pelvic Health Therapy

​At RecoverRx Physical Therapy, we know how important the pelvic floor is to everyday life and function. The mobility and strength of the muscles inside our pelvis can affect our core, hips, back, bladder, bowels, and sexual function.

​Pelvic floor dysfunctions are common and affect all genders. However, just because these things are common, doesn’t mean you have to live with it.

Does this sound like you?

  • You avoid running around or getting in the jump house with your kids due to leakage?
  • You avoid certain workouts without pain or discomfort?
  • You’ve been told to just do Kegels, and you’ll be fine?
  • You just assumed this was something you will have to live with?
  • You have been told that surgery is your only option?

​We are here to help you find long term solutions! It doesn't matter your age, and it's never too late!

Typical Conditions we Treat:

  • Leaking & Incontinence
  • Pelvic pain
  • ​Prolapse
  • Constipation
  • Pain with Intimacy
  • Tailbone Pain
  • SI Joint Issues
  • Pubic Symphysis Dysfunction
  • Pregnancy Related Pain
  • Birth Prep
  • Perineal Tears & Scars
  • ​Postpartum Pelvic Floor Dysfunction & Return to Exercise

RecoverRx Performance Physical Therapy Approach

  1. We’ll take you through a comprehensive internal and external assessment of your mobility, strength, and functional movement patterns. This will allow us to identify underlying issues and come up with a treatment plan to get you back to full speed and strength. (No doctor’s order necessary). ​​
  2. We offer an individualized treatment program tailored to your specific needs. Our quality 1-on-1 care and attention will provide you with manual techniques to improve tissue mobility and decrease pain, biofeedback to learn appropriate control of your pelvic muscles, and education on strategies to coordinate healthy bladder, bowel, and pelvic habits with your daily activities.
  3. ​With an activity specific strength training program, we’ll get you back on track to return to the activities and sports you love. And we will advance your strength, mobility and performance training so you can really own it and feel confident in doing what you want to do. All while teaching you how to prevent that issue from happening again.

Pelvic Specific Treatments

  • Correct lumbar and pelvic posture
  • Directional specific exercises to decrease abdominal and pelvic pressure
  • Improve low back, hip, and pelvic joint mobility through manipulation, manual joint mobilizations, and manual traction  
  • Improve coordination and flexibility of the pelvic floor muscles 
  • Improve proper engagement of the deep abdominal and lumbopelvic stabilizer muscle groups
  • Improve tissue mobility through massage, instrument assisted mobilization, and  cupping
  • Decrease nerve sensitivity (numbness, tingling, pain that extends in the pelvic region and/or down the leg) through specific nerve exercises 
  • Progress plyometric and functional activities (running, jumping, squatting, bending, lifting) 
  • Education on diet and fluid intake for bowel and bladder control

Important Things to Understand

  1. Tissues Heal. The body is designed to repair itself, but sometimes our system gets stuck in the inflammatory phase of tissue repair and needs a little help to move onto the recovery phase
  2. The true source of pain is often poorly correlated with x-ray and MRI imaging results. It is possible to have tissue damage on imaging that causes no pain or functional limitations. And it is possible to have pain with no visible findings on imaging – usually a result of nervous tissue over sensitivity.
  3. Soreness after exercise is not the goal, but it is also not always a sign of concern. True strength gains require an overload to the system which causes micro-damage. As that tissue recovers, it does so thicker and stronger than before. Soreness should be used as a way to monitor if the tissue is ready to take on more load, should stay at the current level, or should back down training intensity until the tissue is more prepared.
  4. Return to previous/desired activities is almost always possible through good education, proper mechanics, and progressive tissue loading. 

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Meet Dr. Ariel!

Dr. Ariel Sernek is our pelvic health specialist with over 5 years experience with all things pelvic health. Professionally, Ariel has completed a Pelvic Health certification through the American Physical Therapy Association as well as extensive course work in obstetrics physical therapy. While in PT school, she also authored a systematic review on a special test to utilize during pregnancy and presented it to the Illinois Physical Therapy Association conference. 

Ariel earned her undergraduate degree in Biology (Pre-Health) at Saint Xavier University and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Midwestern University. 

Ariel was a previous college softball player at SXU, Chicago marathon finisher in 2017 and still enjoys being active today. Her favorite work out day is back and shoulders and she is learning crossfit.

Hear what our clients have to say:

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