What is Pelvic Health Physiotherapy?
How does a pelvic health physiotherapist differ from an orthopedic one?
The biomechanical foundation of our assessments is the same, but where one might take a more specialized focus on joint related injuries, another will take courses which focus on the pelvic floor. This specialized focus allows them to assess and treat a variety of pelvic floor dysfunctions.
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy is offered by Sama Farah-Mina in our Aurora clinic.
Sama offers free 15-minute virtual Pelvic Health Consultations for you to learn more and ask questions before booking!
DID YOU KNOW THAT KEGELS ARE NOT ONE SIZE FITS ALL!
Like any other dysfunction, your muscles may require strengthening, sometimes they require lengthening. Doing kegels, and doing them incorrectly, can be detrimental to your recovery.
A pelvic health physiotherapist is trained to teach you proper pelvic floor strengthening.
What does the assessment of pelvic floor dysfunction usually involve?
Like any other appointment, the patient would describe their health history and concerns.
Unlike any other appointment, you might find that very few subjects are "taboo" when talking with your Pelvic Health Physiotherapist. Your physiotherapist will ask you questions to understand bowel and bladder function, your sexual function and any pain related to the pelvic area.
They’ll use their understanding of biomechanics and the pelvic floor to perform an objective exam.
A pelvic floor physiotherapist's training also allows them to perform internal exams* to assess the pelvic floor.
*Internal exams are always OPTIONAL, however can give your therapist a lot of insight on your particular complaints.
So is Pelvic Health Physiotherapy for me?
You can benefit from Pelvic Floor physiotherapy if you exhibit any of the following:
- “Dribbling” when you cough, sneeze, laugh, or exercise
- Urgency to urinate so strong you can’t control it
(i.e. your pants don’t make off enough when you go pee)
- Urinating more than 8-10 times a day
- Waking at night to urinate
- Difficulty emptying your bladder or starting the flow of urine
- Pain in or around the pelvis
- Feeling of pressure “down there”
- Low back, hip or tailbone pain
- Difficulty having bowel movements
- Pain with intercourse or insertion
- Painful periods
You can also seek pelvic floor physiotherapy for any of the following:
- Pregnancy and Post-Partum: Pelvic Health Physiotherapy can help you prepare for labour and delivery, manage your pregnancy pains, and help you to maintain your pelvic floor strength.
- Prolapse: If you’ve been told that you have a pelvic organ prolapse and may benefit from surgery, Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy should be the first line of defense.
- Radical Prostatectomy and Prostatitis: Prostate surgery and Prostatitis can be major contributors of pelvic floor dysfunction in males. Treating pelvic pain in males and females is crucial to maintaining good quality of life.
- Cancer: Radiation to the abdominal wall and pelvic floor does a number on your pelvic floor. Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy is crucial in maintain function of the Pelvic Floor after radiation, as well as after reconstructive surgery. Chemotherapy induced menopause is also a risk factor for Pelvic Floor dysfunction and should be addressed.
- Abdominal surgery (including c-sections): Abdominal surgery leaves you with scar tissue that affects the mobility of the core and its content, which in turn can affect the pelvic floor.
- Pelvic Surgeries: Any surgery involving the pelvic floor should be properly rehabilitated. Surgery is a traumatic process for all the tissues involved to heal from. You wouldn’t leave an ACL surgery untreated.
- Pediatric Incontinence: Children can also benefit from pelvic floor treatment. Teaching children proper bladder and bowel habits is vital in the development of their pelvic floor.
A Pelvic Health Physiotherapist can help you find and address the source of your dysfunction in order to improve your overall quality of life!