What Is Pelvic Health Physiotherapy

What is pelvic health physiotherapy?

Pelvic floor dysfunctions include:

  • Incontinence/leakage (both bladder and bowel)
  • High urinary frequency
  • Increased urinary urgency
  • Bowel issues like constipation
  • Organ prolapse
  • Pediatric incontinence
  • Pelvic pain associated with endometriosis, interstitial cystitis
  • Cancer-related issues

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) is estimated to affect 50% of women who have given birth. A prolapse occurs when the tissues that hold the organ in place become weak. This results in a drop of the organ from its normal position.

Pelvic health physiotherapy can help! This physiotherapy treatment can relieve you of all the aforementioned problems.

Conditions To Consult a doctor

  • Leaking when coughing, laughing and sneezing
  • Feeling excruciating pain during intercourse
  • Feeling ‘heaviness’ in your pelvic area
  • Feeling pain in the pelvic region

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How Can Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Help

Once we have established a diagnosis, your therapist will extensively discuss treatment techniques, goals and anticipated outcomes for you. At Sherway Physiotherapy, your medical condition will be assessed thoroughly, and a rigorous customized treatment procedure will be designed for you.

Pelvic health physiotherapy may include pelvic floor exercises. These will treat and prevent future problems. Stronger muscles ensure greater control over the bladder and bowels. A pelvic floor therapist can help you identify and work on the right muscles that need to be treated.

The Cochrane Collaboration 2010 stated that Physiotherapists with specialized training in pelvic health physiotherapy should be the first line of defense against pelvic health issues. Surgical consultation should be sought after physiotherapy has been practiced for stress, urge and mixed continence in women.

Pelvic health Physiotherapy is a specialized treatment for urinary and anal/fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, limbo pelvic pain and perinatal conditions. Treatment is highly customized for each patient. The treatment incorporates pelvic floor muscle retraining, helpful advice on bowel and bladder habits and nutrition.  Self-care is an important aspect of pelvic health physiotherapy. Avoid pushing or straining when urinating.

Physiotherapy can help with

  • Exercises for efficient bladder and bowel control
  • Exercises to regain normal muscle tone and strength
  • Advice on the back and posture care
  • Treatment of painful scar tissue, mastitis/blocked ducts

Who Is A Candidate For Pelvic Health Physiotherapy?

Are you suffering from any of these conditions? If you want to get control of your body and live your life to the fullest potential, then book your appointment with our pelvic health therapist.

People who:

  • Leak urine when they cough, sneeze, laugh or exercise
  • Leak urine due to inability to hold
  • Urinate more than 8 times a day
  • Have difficulty initiating urine
  • Feel that they have not emptied their bladder after urinating
  • Feel pressure in their pelvic region
  • Strain to have a bowel movement
  • Experience extreme pain during or after a bowel movement
  • Have pelvic pain
  • Had an Episiotomy or a C Section

Have been diagnosed with:

  • Stress or urge continence
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Overactive bladder
  • Pregnancy-related pains
  • Vaginismus
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Vulvodynia
  • Pudendal neuralgia