Physical Therapy FAQs

There are so many questions when it comes to injury, rehab, and what physical therapy entails. We are here to help!

Short answer? Everyone! Long answer — Whether you’re currently dealing with a specific injury, recently undergone surgery, or want to prevent injury and enhance your performance, physical therapy is for you. Mims Method PT provides one-on-one visits that are individualized to each patient. We serve a variety of patients including dancers, Broadway cast & crew, professional athletes, and weekend warriors. We believe that looking at the entire body is vital to figuring out the best course of treatment for your current condition. We are here not only to improve your pain, but to get you back to doing what you love even better than before.

Physical therapy is a type of treatment performed by experts in movement and function. Physical therapy’s main goal is to improve a patient’s function, whether that is by decreasing painful movements, improving posture or technique, increasing strength, or improving mobility/flexibility.

Therapists at Mims Method PT will use soft-tissue massage, trigger point release, Pilates, neuromuscular re-education, dance or performance education, cupping, and many other techniques to improve function during your session. Each session is specifically tailored to each individual patient.

The majority of Americans — 58.9% of adults, according to the National Center for Health Statistics — are living with pain. Back pain is the most common type of pain, affecting nearly 2 out of 5 U.S. adults in the last three months. Other studies say that chronic pain causes $80 billion in lost wages every year. Many people don’t know that physical therapists are here to help! PTs are experts at treating movement and musculoskeletal disorders. We are able to diagnose issues, treat the disorder, restore function, and relieve pain. If you’re one of the almost 60% of people with pain, email us for more information.

At Mims Method PT, we take the time for a thorough evaluation and one-on-one follow up treatment sessions. The three therapists at MMPT work together to create the most comprehensive and individualized program that we can for each patient. We communicate with each other, with the patient, and with the patient’s other providers outside of the clinic. Each therapist at MMPT is trained to work with dancers and performing artists. We have worked with all types of dancers and performers— from ballet to modern, jazz to Irish step, Broadway to gymnastics. We know the types of stressors that you may have as a performer and will work with you (and each other) to make the most out of your treatment plan.

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy FAQs

The pelvic floor is a collection of muscles, connective tissues, joints, and nerves that form the base of the body’s trunk or groin. This area that supports and includes the bowel, bladder and sexual organs. Tight, weak, or uncoordinated muscles in the pelvic floor, lower abdominals, low back, diaphragm, and hips can all contribute to your pelvic floor symptoms. Re-educating these muscles with physical therapy can provide an effective and lasting solution for a wide variety of pelvic floor issues.

There are a wide variety of diagnoses that can be treated by pelvic floor physical therapy. Typical diagnoses treated by our pelvic health physical therapists include:

  • Urinary leakage, urinary frequency, and the increased urge to urinate
  • Bowel issues, such as constipation or diarrhea, or increased urgency or frequency in bowel movements
  • Bloating, gas
  • Incontinence (both bowel and bladder)
  • Sexual problems, such as pain during intercourse, pain with orgasm, or decreased ability to orgasm
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Decreased libido
  • Abdominal/glute weakness
  • Changes in abdominal, urine, bowel, or sexual health
  • Pain in bladder, rectum, vaginal canal, genitals, or intestines
  • Pregnancy: prenatal, perinatal, and postpartum rehab
  • Men's health
  • Gender affirming surgery
  • Pain in low back, pelvic, hips, SI joint, tailbone
  • Food/drink intolerance
  • Prolapses

Everyone! No matter your identifying gender, a pelvic floor evaluation can be beneficial for you to identify if you have the conditions listed above.

At Mims Method PT, we take pride in conducting a thorough examination, assessment and follow up treatments with all of our patients. We will first conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your symptoms and history leading up to your current condition. This includes analyzing your posture, strength, range of motion, alignment, flexibility, balance, and assessment of any scars and previous injuries.

Depending on your current symptoms, our physical therapist may need to perform an internal vaginal or rectal exam to evaluate the strength of your pelvic floor muscles, presence of any trigger points or spasms, scar integrity, and degree of any organ prolapse. This is always performed with a patient’s consent and is not required. Your physical therapist will always advise if they believe this to be the best treatment option for your condition.

After the exam is finished, the findings from your exam will be discussed and your individualized plan of care, home program, and follow up treatments will reviewed. Please make sure to ask any questions or voice any concerns you may have! You will be given your PT’s email address for any questions post-session as well.

*It is important to note that our physical therapist is happy to speak to prospective patients before their evaluation regarding appointments and what they entail.

Our physical therapist leaves this up to the patient’s comfort level. If you're on a "heavy" day, we will potentially refrain from internal work and focus on external treatment, but this is on a case-by-case basis! If the patient is comfortable being treated, we're happy to see them! Please note that all cancellations must be completed outside of the 24-hour window to avoid a cancellation fee.

Yes—men have pelvic floors too! The following conditions are the most commonly treated within the male population:

  • Incontinence—urge, stress, urinary frequency
  • Benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), or enlarged prostate
  • Post-prostatectomy issues
  • Pelvic pain
  • Tailbone (coccyx) pain
  • Pain after abdominal surgery
  • Pain after hernia surgery
  • Chronic constipation

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