What is the Pelvic Floor?
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles at the base of the spine which literally make up the floor of the pelvis. They have several important roles; core stability, bladder and bowel continence, birthing, and sexual function.
What is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?
Pelvic floor physiotherapy assesses these muscles, checking their position, length and strength and how they are working with the rest of the body to achieve all of these complex functions. Based on the assessment findings, the root cause of your symptoms can be determined. This is much the same as any other Physiotherapy assessment.
Once the root cause is understood, a specific treatment plan can be developed addressing all the causing problems, to normalize the pelvic floor and resolve your dysfunction.
What does an initial assessment involve?
An assessment will go through a detailed history of your complaint, your concerns and your goals.The physical exam will check your posture, abdomen, breathing, and pelvic floor muscles. The pelvic floor muscle assessment usually requires an internal exam, either vaginal, rectal or both. There are still effective assessment and treatment options even if an internal exam isn’t an option for you.
What might treatment involve?
Treatment may involve advice, hands on therapy, exercise, posture re-education and Acupuncture. You will be educated about the cause of the issue and given advice on strategies to manage it.You will likely receive normal Physiotherapy hands on treatment to your muscles and joints to optimize pelvic alignment.
What conditions can be treated?
- Incontinence, Bladder leaking or urgency, constipatio, fecal incontinence or soiling, nocturia – urinating frequently throughout the night, bladder pain syndrome
- Pregnancy / postpartum, Preparation for labor, Optimize healing post birth, guidance on safe exercise, Prevention and treatment of separated stomach muscles (diastasis rectus abdominus), Alleviation of pregnancy related pain
- Prolapse, Chronic back pain, Chronic pelvic pain, Endometriosis, Interstitial cystitis / Bladder pain syndrome, Coccydynia (painful tail bone), Pubic symphysis dysfunction (painful pubic bone), Perineal pain and vaginal pain syndromes
- strength and recovery after abdominal, urological, gynecological, prostate and gastroenterological surgery
- Male specific issues: Prostatodynia / chronic pelvic pain syndrome, Testicular pain, Erectile dysfunction, prostate surgery rehab
Who will be performing the treatment?
Currently, we have one physiotherapist at our clinic trained in pelvic floor physiotherapy. Her name is Sarah Klassen and you can read about her below:
Originally from Duncan, Sarah returned to the Cowichan Valley upon completing her Masters in Physical Therapy in 2015. She has a special interest in treating pelvic pain. Sarah knows that when it comes to pelvic complaints and pain that there is no such thing as a one size sits all approach. She takes time and care to ensure you have a thorough examination and understanding of your condition to achieve the best results possible.
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