Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
PELVIC HEALTH TORONTO
Pelvic health is recently becoming highly recognized and is of growing interest in health and wellness. Unfortunately, people do not feel comfortable discussing their pelvic health. Our goal at Physio In The Six Inc. is to empower you to openly discuss dysfunction within this area.
Pelvic floor/health physiotherapy involves a comprehensive assessment and treatment of a condition(s) that involve the pelvic region, pelvic floor, or other symptoms that present in the pelvic region. By addressing the dysfunctions of the pelvic to help improve bodily function and overall well-being
WHO IS A PELVIC FLOOR PHYSIOTHERAPIST?
Pelvic Health Physiotherapists are registered physiotherapists who have specialized in treatment of the pelvic health concerns and are trained to assess the pelvic floor directly through the vagina or rectum. Like any physiotherapists, our goal is to assist our patients to resume their day-to-day activities as quickly as possible. Pelvic health physiotherapists are highly trained, sensitive professionals who will discuss all aspects of assessment and treatment with you thoroughly before proceeding. At Physio In The Six Inc., our registered pelvic health physiotherapists are certified through courses administered by a Canadian institute, Pelvic Health Solutions. Millions of Canadians live with incontinence and pelvic pain unnecessarily. We at Physio In The Six Inc. want to spread the awareness so that you feel comfortable discussing your pelvic health.
WHAT IS THE PELVIC FLOOR?
The pelvic floor muscles assist the bladder and bowel perform optimally as well as assist in sexual function. The pelvic floor includes ligaments, nerves and connective tissues; these muscles start from the pubic bone and go to the coccyx (tailbone). Many people are unaware if these structures and if they working efficiently and effectively. The pelvic floor is responsible for supporting the bladder, genitals, uterus (women), prostate (men) and rectum like a sling as well as keeping our core strong and our backs healthy.
WHAT IS PELVIC FLOOR DYSFUNCTION AND HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE IT?
Pelvic floor dysfunction is not generalized to incontinence alone. When the body is unable to control or support the muscles in the pelvic floor, or if traumatic injuries occur to the pelvic area, dysfunction may occur. Several symptoms may suggest pelvic floor dysfunction:
- Do you have loss of bladder or bowel control when you cough, sneeze or laugh?
- Do you have pelvic pain with or without intercourse?
- Do you have pelvic girdle pain during and/or after your pregnancy?
- Do you have frequent and urgent trips to the bathroom?
WHAT PELVIC FLOOR PHYSIOTHERAPY CAN HELP WITH ?
- Incontinence (leakage)
- Urinary Frequency/urgency
- Bowel dysfunction including constipation, straining or pain
- Pre and Post Natal Rehabilitation -including labor and delivery preparation, pain, leakage, bulging and scarring from c-sections, tearing,
- Diastisis recti
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Interstital Cystitis
- Painful Bladder Syndrome
- Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS)
- Pudendal Neuralgia
- pain during or following intercourse, orgasm or stimulation, ejaculation problems
Once we establish your diagnosis our individualized treatment may include:
- Manual (hands-on) therapy not only to the pelvic muscles but to nearby joints and muscles including the abdomen, trunk, back and hips
- Connective tissue manipulation
- Scar mobilization
- Myofascial release
- Retraining of the brain and the nervous system
- Ongoing and inclusive education
- Relaxation and breathing training
- The use of treatment tools and modalities
- Self-care training