Occupational Therapy (OT) in the Context of Pelvic HealthWhat is Occupational Therapy ?
Occupational therapy is a holistic approach to assessing and treating individuals experiencing functional challenges that affect day to day life. While pregnant, postpartum or experiencing acute or chronic conditions, many people encounter challenges to performing their daily routines, habits and roles. Occupational Therapists work with clients to analyze those routines, habits and roles that may contribute to or exacerbate pelvic health issues. Working collaboratively with the client, the OT can support functional changes to daily routines and delve into concrete ways to manage the stress surrounding the new role of parenthood or their acute or chronic condition.
In the world of Pelvic Health, OTs with a strong movement background and training may provide Therapeutic Yoga and movement modalities in addition to other functional recommendations to support individuals experiencing:
- Bowel and Bladder challenges
- Pregnancy and Post-Partum
- Pelvic Pain
- Back Pain
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)
- Diastasis Recti (DR)
Our OT is also a Pelvic Floor Yoga Instructor, who may use specific yoga postures and movement modalities with you to improve pelvic floor function and posture needed for functional tasks related to bowel, bladder and intimacy. This is done in a one-to-one setting in our office.
Clients often work with our OT for a minimum of 3 sessions, with the first session including an assessment component. Clients can expect to leave an OT session at our clinic with any or all of the following:
- Yoga/movement routine specific to their issue with guidelines of when and how to practice
- Task analysis and recommendations for how to modify daily tasks and routines to support pelvic and overall health