What is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?
Pelvic floor physiotherapy helps strengthen pelvic floor muscles which hold and support your pelvic organs such as your bladder, colon, anduterus. It is used to treat conditions and disorders of the pelvic floor such as weakness, urinary incontinence, painful intercourse and many more. It is very helpful for pregnant and post-pregnancy women because a lot of the previously mentioned conditions are common with pregnancy.
Why Should I See a Physiotherapist for my Pelvic Floor?
You should consider getting an assessment with a physiotherapist if you are experiencing.
- Frequent, painful, or incomplete urination
- Urinary incontinence
- Urinary leakage when laughing, sneezing, or coughing
- Straining or painful bowel movements
- Sexual dysfunction
- Pain during sex or tampon insertion
- Pelvic organ-prolapse
- Prenatal and post-partum physiotherapy
- Pelvic or lower abdominal pain
- Pregnancy-related pains
- Tailbone pain (Coccydynia)
- And many more!
Pelvic dysfunction is a progressive condition, so it is best to get treated early when symptoms start occurring. Otherwise, it will be harder to treat and a longer process.
What to Expect from Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?
A typical assessment includes a detailed subjective history to better understand your symptoms related to bowel and bladder function, sexual activity, sleep stress and general health.
Not all cases require an internal exam, but in some cases in order to assess the pelvic floor tissues, a manual internal examination (vaginal or rectal) of the pelvic floor may be required to determine if it could be contributing to your symptoms. The assessment and exam is provided in a private room. This examination will assist to develop a treatment plan that includes patient education, manual therapy (soft tissue/deep tissue techniques to increase proprioception and muscle relaxation), therapeutic exercise and modalities as indicated.