Occupational Therapy Approach to Bowel, Bladder and Everything Pelvic Floor
By Allison Moore, Occupational Therapist
Occupational therapists (OTs) play an integral part of rehabilitation following traumatic or insidious injury. OTs are educated on human anatomy and physiology, sexual function, and pelvic floor therapeutic exercise, along with the effects impairment can have on daily living. Our role in your treatment is extensive.
The primary focus of occupational therapy is to create independence in activities of daily living or ADLs. ADLs include (but are not limited to):
- Going to work
AND just as important:
- Sexual activity
We strongly believe that sexual activity is a fundamental part of living in a social world that enables connection and well-being.
Some traumatic injuries that may lead an individual to seek our services include post partum pelvic floor pain/injury, neural injury, and urinary or bowel incontinence.
An evaluation of the pelvic floor will include patient interview, pain history, birthing history, and an external and internal pelvic exam. We aim to make our patients as comfortable as possible with such an intimate exam and we always provide detailed instruction on what to expect.
Once we determine that OT is necessary for return to normal function, we can provide therapeutic massage, release, and relaxation techniques for tight muscles, neuromuscular reeducation for weakness and impaired nerve conduction, and therapeutic exercises for improved strengthening.
We can introduce assistive technology and adaptive techniques, and provide exercises for strength and maintenance of the pelvic floor to aid with continence and sexual endeavors.
Additionally, we can connect you with community events and organizations to promote your holistic wellbeing. Throughout your journey with OT, one of our main goals is to help adapt your mindset to create solutions to problems you might encounter in your day to day life through education and creative problem solving.
The first step to your independence is to share your areas of dependence with your OT so that together we can create a plan for restoration.
Allison Moore works at Optimal Therapy an Affiliated Company in Northwest Las Vegas located on Cheyenne.
To schedule an appointment call 702-209-0069 or click here to see a list of our locations.
Occupational Therapist Allison Moore applies midwest values of trustworthiness, honesty, and empathy to her practice treating you as neighbors. Allison strives to understand the full implications of yours or your family members injury, pain, or developmental delays. She continues to go above and beyond to provide the best care possible for everyone she has the pleasure to treat.
Allison grew up in an active family and maintains that lifestyle through running, biking, climbing, and practicing yoga. While she may share stories about her parents or siblings, she is also sure to listen to yours and understands the importance of building a meaningful clinician-client relationship.
Allison received her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Iowa State University. She then took her knowledge to A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ to continue her pursuit towards becoming an occupational therapist. In school, she took interest in the neurological and pediatric populations and discovered a new found love for pelvic floor health.