*Available early February 2018 with Veronica Wong, PT (focus on women’s pelvic floor health)*
If you’re in the Guelph area, and looking for pelvic floor physiotherapy, then this is a good place to start. Pelvic floor physiotherapy is a specialized field of physiotherapy that helps with rehabilitation of the pelvic floor. In fact, a 2014 Cochrane Collaboration review of the best research evidence available supports that pelvic floor muscle training should be included in first-line conservative management for women with stress or any type of urinary incontinence.
Pelvic floor problems are common throughout and after pregnancy, and with aging. Although they are common, they are not normal. They can be treated and often can get better, if not fully resolve, with pelvic floor rehabilitation. Pelvic physiotherapy can help you feel confident again with your bowel and bladder movements, reduce pelvic pain, improve a pelvic organ prolapse, narrow a diastasis rectus abdominus gap, improve your sexual function and enjoyment, and enhance your overall quality of life.
What are some common reasons for seeing a pelvic floor physiotherapist?
You may also want to see a pelvic floor physiotherapist if you:
What can I expect with a pelvic floor physiotherapy assessment and treatment?
A pelvic floor physiotherapy assessment starts similarly to a typical physiotherapy assessment by taking a thorough history of your concern(s). It may involve questions about bladder, bowel, and sexual function, your health history, your work and recreational activities, how your pelvic concerns affect your ability to participate in activities you care about, stress levels and stress management, eating and exercise habits, and what your goals are.
After the history-taking is a physical examination. Pelvic floor physiotherapy involves an internal exam performed vaginally and/or rectally. This is necessary to comprehensively assess your pelvic floor, including the strength and tone of your pelvic floor muscles, your connective tissue quality, your ability to contract and relax your pelvic floor muscles, and any areas of excessive tension or pain. The strength and movement of other body parts may also be assessed.
If you have concerns about an internal exam or treatment, you are encouraged to discuss this with your physiotherapist first. In some cases, particularly if you are not comfortable with an internal exam or treatment, there may be other options available to you, such as starting with an external pelvic health approach.
The results of the pelvic floor assessment are then used to design a treatment plan with you to address your concerns and achieve your goals. Treatment often involves internal work to target your specific needs. Other treatment techniques may include a combination of home exercises, relaxation strategies, self-treatment techniques, and education to assist you with understanding and taking charge of your rehabilitation.
Pelvic floor health is vital to feeling and functioning well. To see how we can help you please give us a call, or click the link below. We look forward to hearing from you.
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