Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
Much more than simply working out a muscle group, Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy combines education, strengthening and/or relaxation exercises, and 1-on-1 work with your physiotherapist.
For people of all ages, to help restore confidence and function for a variety of issues ranging from pregnancy-related changes to pelvic dysfunctions
During your initial appointment, your physiotherapist will take an extensive history of your symptoms and concerns. The history will include questions regarding your pain (present or absent), bladder function, sexual function, and any symptoms of weakness or other dysfunction.
The pelvic floor physical examination includes assessment of the hips, low back, and abdominal wall, as well as internal examination of the pelvic floor musculature.
Please note: Internal examination for the purpose of pelvic floor physiotherapy involves digital examination only. We do NOT use speculums or other tools. Furthermore, digital examination is ONLY completed with the client’s consent, and patients will never be coerced to complete any part of the examination that they are uncomfortable or unprepared for.
However, digital internal examination does provide the best picture of pelvic floor muscle function. When performed, digital examination is more likely to lead to appropriate physiotherapy interventions (and greater success rates with treatment).
If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch!
How Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy works
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy involves a combination of: education on proper care of the pelvic floor; prescription of strengthening or relaxation exercises (as appropriate) to help with proper function; and one-on-one work with the physiotherapist.
Work with the physiotherapist may include a combination of biofeedback training, myofascial work, manual therapy, Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), and/or acupuncture to the surrounding musculature.
Uses of Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy include:
- Identify type of pelvic pain and treat accordingly
- Identify, treat and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles
- Identify degree of female organ prolapse and treat or refer on for further medical intervention (as appropriate)
- Bladder retraining (teaching proper habits)
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy can be extremely effective on:
- Pelvic instability (pregnancy-related or otherwise)
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Coccyx (tailbone) pain
- Vulvar and vaginal pain
- Painful sex
- Complications due to childbirth, pregnancy
- Deconditioning during and after childbearing
Getting Started with Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
Ready to book your physiotherapy appointment? Here are some points to consider:
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- your first visit will consist of a thorough, hands-on assessment, often accompanied with education and exercise guidance
- the best results are collaborative – your dedication to doing your prescribed exercise is as important as the therapy you receive
- you don’t have to choose a specific treatment – just book your session and leave it to your physical therapist to work with you to determine the best course of action