Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Program

The Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Program, offered by the UCSF Center for Urogynecology and Women's Pelvic Health, provides women with the tools and skills necessary to regain control of their bladders. Women may be referred to the program by their physician.

Pelvic floor rehabilitation is a term that describes an approach to improving the strength and function of the muscles that support your bladder, urethra and other organs within the bony pelvis.

A group of muscles, called the levator ani, stretch from the pubic bone to the tail bone creating the "floor" of the pelvis. The urethra, vagina and anus pass through small openings in this muscle group. The levator ani, also referred to as the pelvic floor muscles or PFM, helps maintain pressure within the urethra, which in turn prevents urine leakage.

Strong muscles may alleviate the contractions associated with overactive bladder, and help keep the bladder, uterus and rectum in their proper positions. These muscles may be damaged or lose strength and tone due to aging, childbirth, surgery, illness or other conditions.

Pelvic floor rehabilitation uses the principles of physical therapy to provide a structured program for muscle reconditioning. Our program is staffed by physical therapists who specialize in urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.

We work with each woman to develop an individualized program for building strength and improving pelvic floor function. The components of a program may include pelvic muscle exercises (kegels), biofeedback or electrical stimulation of muscles.

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2356 Sutter St., 5th and 7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-1754

Phone: (415) 885-7788
Toll-free: (877) 366-8532
Fax: (415) 353-9550

Our Team

Bevin Daniels
Bevin Daniels,
physical therapist
Wendy Katzman
Wendy Katzman,
physical therapist
Nikita Shah
Nikita Shah,
physical therapist