Great! You have an appointment for pelvic floor physical therapy. That is a big step. You are taking the first big step towards healing. Now what? What should you wear?
What should I wear to my pelvic floor physical therapy appointment?
- Comfortable clothes. Can you move around freely and without restrictions?
- Comfortable shoes. Tennis shoes are great supportive shoes to do activities, movements or exercises that the PT may ask you to do.
Do I need exercise clothes?
Not necessary, but if you have them and you’re comfortable, then it’s a great option. Comfortable top and comfortable shorts, pants or leggings. Don’t feel like you need to purchase a new outfit just for PT.
Ask yourself this question: If a friend asked you to take a walk, what would you wear? Wear this to pelvic floor therapy.Heather Marra, PT, MPT – One Simple Step Today
What should I NOT wear to pelvic floor therapy?
- Flip flops and high heels.
- Fancy clothes. You don’t have to dress to impress your PT! You want to be able to move and lay down on the treatment table.
“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.”Marilyn Monroe
What will happen in at my first pelvic floor physical therapy visit?
Typically, the pelvic floor physical therapy will begin the evaluation by asking your questions, discussing your symptoms and your goals. The evaluation will continue with include assessing your movements and strength. Some movement that may be assessed are bending, walking, squats, lunges, standing on one foot.
Internal pelvic exam of the pelvic floor will be completed if needed, and only with your permission. For your privacy, the PT will leave the room, provide you with a sheet to cover up with and you can undress from the waist down. Then your physical therapist returns to the treatment room, and provides an explanation of internal evaluation and how it’s contributing to your symptoms. As always, ask questions so that you feel comfortable.
So many women are taking the courageous step of attending pelvic physical therapy. Staying silent doesn’t help you. It may be helpful to read another woman’s experience of pelvic physical therapy.
You are part of the healing team, You and your physical therapist will work together to achieve your goals and steps to healing. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about your upcoming pelvic floor therapy appointment.
“ A woman is never sexier than when she is comfortable in her clothes.”Vera Wang