Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy is a specialized area of physiotherapy that focuses on the assessment and treatment of your pelvic floor musculature. The pelvic floor is a group of musculature that surrounds your pelvis and is essential for:
Pelvic floor physiotherapists help ensure proper strength, muscle length, and coordination are balanced to avoid dysfunction.
In 2010, the Cochrane Collaboration concluded that Physiotherapists with specialized training in pelvic floor rehabilitation should be the first line of defence, before surgical consultation, for stress, urge, and mixed incontinence in women.
WHAT IS PELVIC FLOOR DYSFUNCTION?
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction can be caused by:
Weak pelvic floor muscles, which can contribute to stress or urge incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.
Tight pelvic floor muscles contributing to urinary and fecal urgency, urge incontinence, chronic pelvic pain, dyspareuria, intersitial cystitis and chronic prostatitis.
Pelvic Floor dysfunction is common, but many people do not address it due to fear, embarrassment, or do not know help is available. Pelvic Floor physiotherapy can help you reduce your pain, gain control of your body, and improve your quality of life.
PELVIC FLOOR PHYSIOTHERAPY CAN HELP…
Men and women who suffer from any of the following:
- Urinary Frequency/Urgency
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome
- Interstitial Cystitis (Painful Bladder Syndrome)
- Chronic Prostatitis
- Dyspareunia (Painful Intercourse)
- Pudendal Nerve Irritation
- Pelvic Girdle, Hip, and Low Back Pain
- Pre/Post Partum
WHAT TO EXPECT?
Our pelvic floor physiotherapist will provide a comprehensive and individualized assessment of your pelvic floor musculature through:
- Internal techniques(vaginal and/or rectal) to ensure proper strength and tone
- External techniques to assess the lower back, hips, and sacroilliac joint as these joints can stress your pelvic floor muscles
Treatment may include, but is not limited to:
- Education on the pelvic floor, hip, and lovv back muscles
- Therapy to correct pelvic and lumbar alignment
- Pelvic floor strengthening and/orsott tissue release – Individualized home exercise program
- Self-Care strategies