Pediatric Pelvic Floor Occupational Therapy (PPF OT)
Bowel/bladder dysfunction can often affect various life activities such as school, social/leisure events, and sporting activities in young children to adolescents. These difficulties often times may cause social emotional/psychosocial challenges in the child and with their family members.
The pelvic floor (muscles which span the bottom of the pelvis) provides support for our internal organs and assists in urinary and fecal continence. Dysfunction can arise when the muscles of the pelvic floor do not perform in their optimal fashion. Various forms of dysfunction and physical symptoms can result from pelvic floor muscles that are in spasm, weak, or become uncoordinated. This dysfunction can ultimately persist into adulthood, and thus prompt attention during the childhood years is of great importance.
How it Benefits Your Child
The PPF OT program at Aloha Integrative Therapy, may benefit children (ages 4 and up) who have any of the following concerns:
Stress urinary incontinence (loss of urine with sneezing/laughing/coughing/physical activity)
Difficulty urinating or fully emptying bowels
Sensory challenges around toileting (i.e. sound of toilet flushing, smell of bathroom, etc.)
Painful elimination (bowel or bladder)
Urinary frequency or urgency/retention
Withholding behaviors of stool and/or urine
Urge incontinence (strong urge to urinate with the inability to make it to the bathroom in time)
Frequent bladder infections/UTIs
Bowel incontinence (encopresis)
Pelvic pain/muscle spasm