Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
Pelvic floor physiotherapy is the assessment and treatment of various conditions that involve the pelvic floor or symptoms that manifest in this area. The pelvic floor includes muscles, ligaments, nerves and connective tissue. It plays an important role in the body by providing support for the bladder, genitals, uterus and anus.
Pelvic floor disorders are common in the general population, but they are rarely talked about and are often assumed to be something you just have to live with. There are a number of things we assume are normal but are not and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy can help.
- It is not normal to leak when you laugh, cough or sneeze.
- It is not normal to have pain with intercourse.
- It is not normal to feel pressure or heaviness in your pelvic region.
- It is not normal to feel pain in the pelvic region.
Conditions Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Can Treat:
- Incontinence (leakage)
- Urinary frequency
- Urinary urgency
- Bowel issues including constipation, straining or pain
- Unexplained pain in the low back, the pelvic region, the genital area or the rectum
- Pain during or following intercourse, orgasm or stimulation, ejaculation problems
- Organ prolapse
- Pelvic pain associated with endometrioses, interstitial cystitis, and prostatitis just to name a few
- Pre and post pregnancy issues including pain, leakage, bulging and scarring from C-sections, tearing or episiotomy
Treatment begins with an initial assessment with a review of your health history and a physical examination to determine the underlying source of your symptoms. You will then talk about what a pelvic floor treatment will look like for your particular case. Follow up sessions will be a combination of education, pelvic floor muscle re-education, electrical muscle stimulation, postural education, manual therapies and bladder/bowel retraining.
A couple of days prior to your first visit you will receive an online questionnaire and an email from your therapist explaining what to expect and how to prepare for your first visit.
A referral to see our Pelvic Floor Physiotherapists is not required. If your insurance provider requires a referral, one of our physicians at Integra Health Centre can help provide this. Please ensure that you inform our receptionists if this is needed before your visit.