What is Women’s Health or Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that span the pelvis like a hammock and serve a variety of functions. These muscles are responsible for:
- Controlling the flow of the bowel and bladder
- Supporting the internal organs of the pelvis including the bladder, rectum, small bowel, vagina and uterus
- Functioning as part of our “core muscles” to provide stability to the low back and pelvis
- Maintaining sexual function
Pelvic floor dysfunction can include muscle weakness, muscle tightness, and muscle imbalances. Pelvic floor dysfunction is a common and often unidentified issue in many women and can contribute to a host of symptoms including:
- Incontinence of the bowel and bladder, including gas
- Painful intercourse
- Low back, tail bone, pubic bone and hip pain
- Pelvic organ prolapse (where the pelvic organs descend into the vaginal cavity or rectum)
- Diastasis recti
One of the most common causes of pelvic floor dysfunction is pregnancy and child birth, although pelvic floor problems can also become more prominent with age, especially during menopause. Pregnancy and post-partum is an excellent time to arm yourself with the knowledge to treat and prevent pelvic floor dysfunction.
Treatments may include in depth education, manual therapy, modalities, acupuncture or dry needling, taping and therapeutic exercise.
What Can I Expect At My First Visit?
Following a comprehensive history, your physiotherapist will conduct a physical exam, which may or may not include an internal exam depending on pregnancy or length of time post-partum. All examinations are conducted in a private room and typically last 60 minutes. Following the examination, your therapist will explain the assessment findings and develop an individualized treatment plan. Trouble finding child care? No worries, we are a child friendly facility! If you have any additional questions or concerns or are wondering if pelvic floor physiotherapy is right for you, please contact our pelvic floor physiotherapist directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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