Pelvic Health Physiotherapy
Pelvic floor dysfunction is common, and there are many treatment options available for both men and women. If you feel as though you are experiencing a pelvic floor related dysfunction, please do not suffer in silence. Our Pelvic Health Physiotherapists are here to help you.
What is the Pelvic Floor?:
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that stretch across the bottom of your pelvis. These muscles act like a hammock or sling to support the pelvic floor organs: the bowel and bladder in men, and the bowel, bladder and uterus in women.
These muscles also act as the base of the group of muscles referred to as your core. They work with the deep abdominal (transversus abdominis) and spine muscles as well as with the breathing muscle (diaphragm) to control pressure inside the abdomen.
Appropriate activity of the pelvic floor muscles results in:
Support of the pelvic floor organs (bladder, bowel, and uterus) against gravity and abdominal pressure
Sphincteric control to maintain continence and allow the voluntary release of urine and faeces
Appropriate sexual function
Stability for the spine, hip joints, sacroiliac joints, and lumbo-pelvic joints
Lymphatic drainage for the pelvis
When the pelvic floor becomes dysfunctional, any of the above functions may be impaired.
What is Pelvic Health Physiotherapy?
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy is an important aspect of orthopedic physiotherapy which requires specialized post-graduate training in the anatomy (bones, muscles, ligaments, joints, fascia, nerves) and physiological functions of the pelvis. The goal is to optimize mobility and function in relation to the rest of the body.
At Integrate, pelvic floor assessment and treatments are conducted in a private room. To evaluate and treat pelvic floor dysfunction, the pelvic health physiotherapist may assess your posture, assess orthopedic function, and then will conduct internal pelvic floor exams (vaginally and/or ano-rectally).
We use a combination of individualized treatment techniques to address your concerns and goals. These may include internal (vaginal and/or anorectal) and external manual therapy techniques, and customized exercises designed to treat pelvic floor muscles that may be too tight or too weak.