Pelvic Health Physiotherapy
First visit: 60 minutes
Typical visit: 30-60 minutes
Pelvic floor physiotherapy is a specialty focusing on the pelvic floor muscles. The pelvic floor muscles are the layer of muscles that span the base of the pelvis. They are the internal muscles that stretch from the coccyx (tailbone) to the pubic bone (front of pelvis).
These muscles provide support for the pelvic organs (i.e. bladder, rectum and the uterus). They are important “deep core” stabilizer muscles that are involved in urinary, ano-rectal and sexual function.
Symptoms and conditions treated through pelvic health physiotherapy include: pelvic pain, chronic hip/low back pain, bladder/ bowel incontinence, constipation, dysmenorrhea, pelvic organ prolapse, pre-natal and post-partum pelvic issues, painful intercourse, irritable bowel syndrome, prostate issues and erectile dysfunction.
Treatments may include manual therapy, education and behaviour therapy, exercise programs, and therapeutic modalities such as ice, heat or biofeedback.
This area of physiotherapy Involves a comprehensive external orthopedic assessment with focus on the pelvis. For optimal assessment and treatment, physiotherapists recommend an internal assessment for which they have advanced post-graduate training. Not everyone will be appropriate for an internal exam. An initial assessment involves a detailed history and conversation to discuss the issue, an external orthopedic exam of posture, body mechanics, low back and hips, an external and internal pelvic exam. The muscles of interest are located internally and that is the best way to assess/treat them.
Meet Physiotherapist, Bree Bates, BSc, MSc PT