Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
Pelvic floor is a group of muscles and ligaments that attach from the public bone to the tail bone to support the bladder, uterus, and bowel. A strong pelvic floor is important to be able to control bladder and bowel function. Working together with a physiotherapist can over time strengthen the pelvic floor muscles to make them work effectively again through creating a treatment plan that works best for you.
What are some common causes of Pelvic Floor weaknesses and dysfunction?
Pelvic floor dysfunction refers to a wide range of symptoms that can occur when the pelvic floor muscles are weak, too tight, or when the bones in the pelvic region are not moving properly. As a result, causes of pelvic floor weakness can include one or more of the following:
- Childbirth and pregnancy
- Overuse of pelvic muscle
- Pelvic surgery
- Chronic low back/sacroiliac joint pain
- Aging and hormonal changes
A tight pelvic floor may lead you to experience one or more of the following:
- Pain with urination (pain when going to the washroom)
- Urinary urgency – Incomplete urination resulting in frequent visits to the washroom during your sleep
- Inability to prevent bowel and/or bladder leakage
- Constipation, straining, and perhaps pain during bowel movements
- Genital pains
- Pain with sexual intercourse or sexual dysfunction – this can present as pain with penetration, inability to have vaginal penetration, pain with or inability to orgasm, and pain with sexual stimulation
A weak pelvic floor can contribute to:
- Incontinence – the involuntary loss of urine or stool during or after activity. This includes leaking during sports, active movements, or with coughing and sneezing.
- Pelvic organ prolapse – when one of the pelvic organs starts to shift out of place. This can lead to heaviness or bulging at the vaginal or rectal opening. This is often associated among women after given birth. For the most part, the majority of women may think this is normal and don’t realize that this can be treated!
Who can benefit from Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?
Individuals of all ages experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms can certainly benefit from pelvic floor physiotherapy. If the quality of life is negatively impacted by any of the above issues then you should consult with our Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist to see how you can benefit from a pelvic floor assessment. Motion Care clinic is conveniently located in North York near the intersection of Yonge & Sheppard.
If you are pregnant, consult with our Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist at our North York clinic (located at Yonge/Sheppard) for an assessment to create a customized plan to strengthen your pelvic floor to prepare in advance.
What to Expect in a Pelvic Floor Treatment?
An initial examination/assessment will involve an external examination of the pelvic area, lower back, external skin, fascia, and muscles of the abdomen, and inner thighs. It may also include an internal examination of the vaginal and/or rectal area (with your consent).
While an internal examination is not always required, it is highly encouraged to get a comprehensive understanding of your case in order to propose an effective treatment plan that will reach the best outcomes possible. Our Pelvic Floor Physiotherapst will work with you based on your comfort level. Based on the assessment findings, an individualized treatment plan will be drafted for your review and approval before proceeding. Treatment(s) may include advice and education, exercises, and manual therapy.
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy can seem daunting at first simply due to the sensitivity of areas involved, so please don’t hesitate to call our clinic to set up a quick consultation for any outstanding questions you may have. We would want to ensure our patients have complete comfort from beginning to end.
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