What is pelvic floor physiotherapy?
Pelvic health physiotherapists are Registered Physiotherapists who have post-graduate training in the treatment of male and female pelvic health concerns and provide rehabilitation. They are trained to perform detailed assessment of the perineum, the pelvic floor muscles, movement, strength, and coordination of the pelvic muscles.
Our physiotherapists share a vision for a compassionate and professional environment for patients who are impacted by pelvic health dysfunctions. The focus of treatment is to empower individuals towards improved quality of life, restored optimal health and balance through lasting change.
What disorders are treated with pelvic floor physiotherapy?
Any weakness or tightness in the muscles can cause and contribute to myriad of conditions such as:
Incontinence, stress incontinence and urge incontinence (bowel or bladder)
- Urinary frequency and urgency
- Pelvic girdle pain
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Bowel dysfunction
- Sexual dysfunction
- Low back pain
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Painful bladder-Interstitial Cystitis
- Pre and post pregnancy issues
Pelvic floor physio – what to expect:
Your initial appointment will be an assessment, usually forty-five minutes to an hour long. The physiotherapist will review your health history, may perform an internal and/or external assessment and treatment of the pelvic floor muscles. Since your muscles work closely with other muscles and systems to function properly it is imperative for the physiotherapist to assess other contributing muscles as well.
The physiotherapist will perform different assessments on your muscle tone, tension, and strength. The physiotherapist will also create an individualized treatment plan, which would include physiotherapy exercises. With combined treatments prescribed by the physiotherapist your symptoms will subside and help work towards achieving your treatment goals.
Pelvic floor physiotherapy treatments may include:
- Manual therapy
- Education on aspects such as diet and at home exercises
- Electrical stimulation