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Did you know?

   

     1 in 3 women experience urinary incontinence 

 

 

    Over 30% of women perform Kegel exercises incorrectly

 

 

    30-50% of women have a minor pelvic organ prolapse after a vaginal delivery

 

 

Pelvic health physiotherapy (also called pelvic floor physiotherapy or pelvic physiotherapy) examines muscle function, problems with the nervous system, bowel and bladder habits, the effects of diet on bowel and bladder health, the impact of body mechanics, and the role of posture as it relates to the pelvic floor. 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 health physiotherapists often work with other health professionals including family physicians, urogynecologists and nurses. 

 

Pelvic health physiotherapy treats problems such as:

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Urgency and frequency
  • Bowel incontinence
  • Constipation
  • Chronic pelvic pain or lower abdominal pain
  • Bladder, uterus or rectal prolapse
  • Pelvic floor muscle dysfunction
  • Myofascial pain
  • Perinatal complications including episiotomy problems or tears during delivery
  • Sexual dysfunction

Pelvic health physiotherapy is effective in treating pelvic health disorders common in pregnant and postpartum women. It can also be used preventatively. 

Before pelvic floor treatment begins, your pelvic health physiotherapist will take your full medical history and thoroughly discuss your current problems and symptoms. THERE IS A HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE WHICH MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT – you can download this and complete it at home.

Your pelvic health physiotherapist will review your health history, any specialist referral information, and perform a comprehensive physical examination; this examination may include an internal pelvic examination. Such examinations are routinely performed to help to identify the affected tissues that may be contributing to your urinary, bowel or pelvic pain symptoms.

Based on your examination, your pelvic health physiotherapist will work with you to put together a plan of care that is specific to your particular goals, symptoms and dysfunction. Your treatment will be customized to address your specific needs.

After your assessment, your pelvic floor physiotherapist will explain their findings to you, and educate you about all available treatment options. If pelvic floor physiotherapy is warranted, they will discuss with you a personalized pelvic health treatment program. For most people, the initial assessment also includes time for an initial treatment.

If you have any questions about your specific condition, or need some advice, please feel free to contact us.