Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation

What is Pelvic Health Physiotherapy? 

Pelvic health physiotherapy (also called pelvic floor physiotherapy or pelvic 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. 

 

The pelvic floor has many functions including: 

 

  • Providing support to the pelvic organs (bowel, bladder, uterus, prostate) 
  • Counteracting downward forces generated from lifting and straining 
  • Providing sphincter control for normal bowel and bladder emptying 
  • Expanding to allow for childbirth 
  • Providing core control as it works in unison with the abdominal and back muscles 
  • Allowing for sexual function 

When the pelvic floor is not functioning properly this can lead to incontinence (in both the bowel and bladder), prolapse of the organs, pelvic pain, low back pain, pain with intercourse, sexual dysfunction, and more. 

 

Do You Suffer from Any of These Conditions? 

 

  • Urinary problems such as incontinence (leaking), frequent peeing, urgency 
  • Bowel problems such as constipation 
  • Lower back and pelvic pain 
  • Painful or difficult intercourse 
  • Pre and postpartum 
  • Pre and post-pelvic surgery 

Physiotherapy can help you train and strengthen your pelvic floor muscles to ease or eliminate your symptoms. 

 

What to Expect at a Pelvic Health Appointment? 

 

A pelvic health therapist will do a thorough assessment of your abdomen, back, and pelvic girdle. Pelvic health therapists will complete an internal examination to accurately assess your pelvic floor muscles. Treatment is similar and will often involve internal therapy. Therapy will also include exercises and a home exercise program like physiotherapy for other conditions. 

 

Free Phone Consultation 

We are pleased to offer a complimentary phone consult with one of our registered pelvic health physiotherapists, to help you decide if Pelvic Physiotherapy can help you. Call us at (403) 275-6300 or email: info@goodwillphysio.ca

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