As part of our core, the pelvic muscles need to be well taken care of to ensure good core function. If muscles aren’t activating properly, a patient may experience urinary, bowel and sexual malfunctions.
Pelvic floor dysfunction can be caused by either Hypotonicity (weak pelvic floor muscles) or Hypertonicity (tight pelvic floor muscles). We can determine what might be the cause and prescribe a course of treatment to help alleviate pain and discomfort.
Benefitting From Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
There are many causes of pelvic dysfunction, and a variety of patients that can reap the benefits of physiotherapy. Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy may be utilized to assist with:
- Prenatal and Postpartum patients. As women’s bodies tend to shift and change within a relatively short period of time, they may experience pain in the pelvis, hips, lower back or tailbone. Symptoms of pain during sexual intercourse or changes in urination and/or bowel movements can often be treated with Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy.
- Post-surgery recovery. If a patient has recently undergone a surgery related to the abdomen or pelvic area, they may experience pelvic floor concerns. Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy post-surgery can assist with managing pain.
- Pelvic Floor Dysfunction in men. Men that experience chronic pelvic pain, have experienced a prostatectomy or suffer from chronic prostatitis can benefit from pelvic floor physiotherapy.
- Women post-menopause. Estrogen levels are an important factor in maintaining optimal function in the pelvic floor. During menopause, women find their estrogen levels drop significantly. This drop may contribute to symptoms of heaviness, incontinence, urinary issues and/or pelvic pain. Physiotherapy that focuses on pelvic floor enhancement will help alleviate symptoms.
A Variety of Specialized Treatments
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy helps improve and maintain a healthy pelvic floor in a variety of ways, with therapies including hands-on treatment, exercises, and suggested lifestyle modifications.
Our specialists will often incorporate various treatments, including:
- Manual therapy
- Exercise prescriptions
- Muscle stimulation
- Relaxation techniques
- Core stabilization
- Pelvic floor muscle strengthening
- Pelvic floor education