Frequently Asked Questions

What is Pelvic Health PT aka pelvic floor physical therapy?


It's more than just KEGELS!

 In pelvic floor physical therapy (aka pelvic health physical therapy or women's health) we focus on conditions effecting bowel, bladder and sexual function.  Physical therapists are experts in treating muscular issues throughout the body. Pelvic health physical therapists have advanced training to assess the pelvic floor muscles, nerves, and organs in the pelvis.  We aim to restore healthy function through manual therapy techniques, exercise and muscle re-education. Our approach is gentle, and we will listen to your needs throughout the treatment session. You will also receive a home exercise program to continue to make progress at home.

What is the pelvic floor?


The pelvic floor is a "hammock" of muscles that run from your pubic bone to your tail bone. These muscles help control bowel, bladder or sexual function. These muscles are under your conscious control meaning you can contract and relax these muscles. The muscles can be overactive or under active. You can do specific exercises to help these muscles function better - yes sometimes that means Kegels but not always!

What should I expect at my first treatment?


Your pelvic floor physical therapy visit will take place one on one in a private treatment room. We will begin by listening to your concerns, what brought you in to see us and learn more about your health history. Once we have a good understanding of  your goals, we will do an initial assessment. This includes looking at your posture, pelvic alignment, strength and mobility and with your permission may include an internal examination of the pelvic floor muscles . The purpose of the internal examination is to assess the muscle strength, tone and function of your pelvic floor muscles. We will only perform the internal examination with your informed consent and all assessment and treatment can be modified based on your comfort level.

Do you accept insurance?


We are considered an out-of-network provider with all insurances, including Medicare and Medicaid. In order to spend the quality one on one time we need with our patients, we are fee for service with payment due at the time of service in the form of cash, credit card, check or venmo. 

Many insurance providers will reimburse you for out-of-network physical therapy . We recommend that you contact your insurance company in advance to find out what your out-of-network benefits are. We will provide you with an itemized super bill for you to submit to your insurance company upon your request. 

Do I need a referral/prescription?


Massachusetts is a direct access state. This means you do not need a referral for pelvic floor physical therapy. Some insurances may require a referral if you plan to seek reimbursement. 

We are happy to share our findings with your health care team at your request.

What kind of patients do you treat?


 We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ability, or gender expression. We proudly serve the LGBTIA+ community. 

See the services tab for the types of conditions we treat.

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