Services

Pediatric Pelvic and Abdominal Rehabilitation

Simple solutions to a common problem. 

Children and teens who experience difficulties with bladder or bowel control often feel embarrassed. But they’re not alone — many kids suffer from serious medical conditions that make sleepovers with friends impossible and result in excessive laundry at home. 

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, about 5 million children aged six and older wet the bed. By the late teens, up to three percent of children experience bedwetting.  

The good news? There often are simple solutions. Mary Free Bed Kids offers pelvic floor therapy, a non-invasive and effective way to help kids and families overcome this and other stressful and emotional conditions. 

Who We Serve 

We care for kids from ages five to 18 with chronic or recurring pelvic dysfunctions, including: 

  • Bedwetting 
  • Urine or stool leakage 
  • Constipation 
  • Urinary retention 
  • Abdominal pain 

These issues may stem from common diagnoses, such as:  

  • Enuresis (bedwetting) 
  • Encopresis (bowel incontinence) 
  • Constipation 
  • Dysfunctional voiding 
  • Giggle incontinence 
  • Urine leakage 
  • Stress incontinence 
  • Urinary retention  
  • Vesicoureteral reflux Abdominal pain 

 

What We Do 

Pediatric pelvic floor therapy is a treatment approach to help kids manage conditions that occur when the pelvic floor muscles don’t work well. Our physical therapists have specialized training in treating pediatric patients with pelvic floor issues.  

Our goal is to empower children and adolescents with tools that give them greater control over their bowel and bladder, including how to manage symptoms and improve strength, mobility and function.  

Common treatments include: 

  • Biofeedback technology (surface electromyography or sEMG) to train and re-educate the pelvic floor muscles 
  • Behavioral strategies to decrease urinary and bowel symptoms 
  • Education on dietary modifications for bladder and bowel retraining 
  • Manual therapy techniques to reduce soft tissue restrictions 
  • Individualized home exercise program for symptom management 
  • Instruction on appropriate posture and body mechanics for correct toileting 

 

Locations 

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital  
235 Wealthy St. SE 
Grand Rapids 
616.840.8005  

Mary Free Bed Holland Northeast, Kids  
3290 N. Wellness Drive, Building D, Suite 150 
Holland 
616.294.4066  

Need Rehabilitation? Ask for Mary.