At Body Restoration Physical Therapy, your health and well-being are of paramount importance. Our experienced therapist, Dr. Lauradonna D’Antoni specialize in treating pelvic floor dysfunction. With symptoms including gastrointestinal distress, sexual dysfunction, pain and weakness in the pelvis and lower abdominal area, incontinence and more, pelvic floor dysfunction can cause severe discomfort and affect your quality of life. Together with Body Restoration Physical Therapy, you can strengthen your body, improve your conditions and enjoy better health, naturally.
Body Restoration Physical Therapy is an inclusive healthcare environment treating conditions of the pelvic floor and related systems in all those requiring assistance
Conditions We Treat
Coccyxdynia – Pain in the coccyx (tailbone). This can cause pain with sitting or other activities, and difficulty having a bowel movement. Relief from the symptoms of coccyxdynia can help improve overall gastrointestinal funtioning.
Constipation – Constipation occurs when bowel movements become difficult or less frequent. The normal length of time between bowel movements ranges widely from three times a day to only one or two times a week. Physical therapy can help restore normal bowel function and frequency.
Diastasis Recti – A condition in which the large abdominal muscles separate. It is common for women who have given birth.
Dyspareunia – Pain on attempting penetration during sexual intercourse. Dyspareunia causes women to experience pain during sex. Women suffering from dyspareunia may have been told it’s all in their head, but we know it’s not and can provide relief.
IBS – Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine and commonly causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. IBS is a chronic condition that needs long term management. Physical therapy offers a drug-free alternative to treatment.
Incontinence – Urinary incontinence and fecal incontinence are involuntary excretions, caused by an inability to control your bladder or bowels. Proper diagnosis and treatment can help you avoid the inconveneince and embarrassment of wearing adult diapers and improve bladder and bowel funtion.
Interstitial cystitis – Also known as painful bladder syndrome (PBS), can cause discomfort similar to what you might feel with a urinary tract infection (UTI). Unlike a urinary tract infection that’s caused by bacteria, interstitial cystitis cannot be treated with an antibiotic. Although there’s no cure for interstitial cystitis, there are several treatment options and self-care treatment to help manage your bladder condition.
Levator ani dysfunction – Consists of pain, pressure, and discomfort in the region of the rectum, sacrum, and coccyx. This condition, while not life-threatening, can be extremely uncomfortable and responds well to physical therapy.
Pelvic floor dysfunction – A vague term used to describe issues in muscles of the pelvic floor that are weak or tight, as well as impairment of the sacroiliac joint, lower back, coccyx, or hip joints. Dr. Lauradonna D’Antoni and Body Restoration Physical Therapy can help to resolve all of the conditions that fall within the description of pelvic floor dysfunction.
Postpartum complications – The birth of a child can be a cause of many changes that are not normal and may continue for 4-6 weeks postpartum, such as diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles), incontinence while coughing and sneezing, pelvic pain, postural changes, and lack of sensation in the vaginal region. If left untreated, these conditions can become permanent. Seeking early treatment is the best strategy for resolving postpartum complications.
Prolapse of the bladder, uterus, or the rectum – The word prolapse means “to fall out”. There are different grades to determine the severity of a prolapse. It is possible to reverse the prolapse via pelvic floor physical therapy, a much less invasive option, compared to surgery.
Prostadynia – Pain that appears to come from the prostate or the surrounding area, which does not appear to be due to inflammation or infection. Prostatodynia is also referred to as pelvic pain syndrome. The origin is not known, however it may result from spasm of the pelvic muscles brought on by stress and anxiety, and responds readily to myofascial release techniques.
Prostatitis – Also known as inflammatory chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Prostatitis usually causes swelling of the prostate gland.
Pudendal nerve injury – An injury to the main nerve that carries sensation from the external genitalia of both sexes and the skin around the anus and perineum, as well the motor supply to various pelvic muscles. Pudendal nerve entrapment syndrome is an unusual condition which arises from compression of the pudendal nerve, which cause chronic pain in the perineal area. Manipulation of the structures in the region to free the entrapped nerve can provide pain relief and restored function without surgery.
Scar Tissue – Fibroblasts are cells that help rebuild skin tissue and replace it with proteins, primarily collagen. Excessive buildup of fibroblasts results in scar tissue and adhesions following an injury or surgery. Gently manipulation can help break up scar tissue and adhesions, reducing pain and restoring normal function.
Urgency/Frequency With and Over Active Bladder (OAB) – This condition involves a sudden intense urge to urinate that is difficult to suppress. It can lead to incontinence of urine and finding the need to urinate often. Manual techniques can restore proper bladder function.
Vaginismus – Vaginismus is an involuntary vaginal muscle spasm. This causes pain during penetration (including sexual penetration), insertion of tampons and internal pelvic exam by a physician. Women who experience pain during sex may be suffering from vaginismus, a condition which responds well to physical therapy techniques.
Vestibulodynia – Formerly known as vulvar vestibulitis, is pain at the entrance to the vagina, the vestibule. This can be a cause of dyspareunia. This can cause women to experience pain during sex, and may be misdiagnosed as vaginismus. Vestibulodynia responds well to treatment with physical therapy techniques.
Vulvodynia – Pain in the area around the opening of the vagina. This can be especially painful with prolonged sitting or sexual intercourse. Women who experience pain during sex may be suffering from vulvodynia, a condition which responds well to physical therapy techniques.
Want to learn more? The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development discusses pelvic floor disorders, diagnosis, and treatment options.
Ready to take the first step towards resolving your pain and discomfort? Contact Body Restoration Physical Therapy today – conveniently located in Roslyn Heights, New York, in Long Island’s Nassau County.