The pelvic floor is an important group of muscles that connect to the bottom of the pelvis. They play in integral role in supporting the bladder, uterus (in women) and rectum in addition to providing core and trunk stability.
The benefits of pelvic floor physiotherapy
Pelvic floor physiotherapy is beneficial for both men and women who are currently experiencing problems or symptoms related to the pelvic floor. Dysfunction of the pelvic floor may include urinary or fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse (heaviness in the pelvic floor region), coccydynia (tail bone pain), painful intercourse and, pelvic girdle pain. It is helpful for women during or after pregnancy to prevent common pelvic floor problems post-partum – such as those listed above.
What to expect on your first visit
The initial visit will include a comprehensive history of your current and previous PF related issues, a discussion of your goals and an assessment of your pelvic floor mechanics. An internal exam is very helpful in assessing the pelvic floor muscles. It is a non-invasive digital exam that assesses the strength, endurance, position and ability to relax your pelvic floor muscles. This exam may be modified if you are experiencing acute pain or are not uncomfortable with this type of exam.
A treatment plan will be tailored for you based on the assessment findings. It may include:
- Advice & education on your condition, and relevant lifestyle changes
- Pelvic floor exercises including but not limited to Kegel’s (did you know 75% of women do Kegel’s incorrectly?!)
- EMG Biofeedback
- Manual therapy
- Stability exercises
- Posture Training
- Laser Therapy
How can a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist help you?
You should see a pelvic floor physiotherapist if you relate to any of the following:
- Urinary incontinence (e.g. unintentional wetness, leaking with exercise, coughing, or laughing)
- Pelvic floor prolapse (e.g. heaviness or bulging of the vagina or perineum)
- Painful intercourse
- Diastasis recti abdominis (abdominal separation)
- Coccydynia (Tail bone pain)
- Pelvic Girdle Pain
- Poor core stability
- Post-partum (Caesarean OR vaginal birth)
- Blocked milk ducts (treatment involves KLaser)
- Perineum tears (treatment involves KLaser)
- Low back/SIJ pain
- Fecal incontinence