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Pelvic health physiotherapy in Toronto
Pelvic floor physiotherapy is offered at our North York physiotherapy clinic. A series of muscles, ligaments and other connective tissue form the structure called pelvic floor which sits at the bottom of your pelvic and supports organs of abdomen such as uterus, bladder and sexual organs. These structures work together and stabilize the pelvis, sacrum and hip joints. They play an important role in urination, bowel movements and sexual function.
Any compromise of these muscles and ligaments can cause pelvic pain, incontinence, and sexual dysfunctions such as pain with activity. It is not uncommon to have a compromise of this structure’s function after pregnancy and giving birth. Pelvic floor physiotherapist asses the integrity, strength and the function of these muscles and the nervous system and provides treatments and education to restore the function of pelvic floor muscles . Only a specially trained physiotherapist who has upgrading education and is registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario can perform pelvic floor physiotherapy.
Who would benefit from Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?
Women and men who suffer from any of the following symptoms will benefit from pelvic floor physiotherapy. Pelvic floor muscle weakness can also contribute to lower back pain. Your health care provider or your physiotherapist is able to assess you and refer you to our pelvic floor physiotherapist.
- Urinary Incontinence – unable to control the leakage of urine (with coughing, physical activity etc)
- Urgency – having a strong urge to urinate or defecate that is difficult to control
- Frequency – having to urinate very frequently and disrupting your everyday routine
- Diastasis recti
- Pain during or after intercourse or with any sexual stimulation
- Constipation, straining or pain with bowel movements
What to expect from Pelvic Therapy?
Your physiotherapist will take a detailed medical history and a list of your current complaints. Your assessment will also include an external and internal examination of pelvic floor muscles to assess the function of pelvic floor, finding possible adhesions, the ability of muscles to contract and relax, etc. You may also be assessed for the lower back, hip and SI joints including muscles of your lower back and Gluteals.
After the assessment, the findings will be shared with you a treatment plan will be communicated to you which may include hands on techniques to mobilize, release tension and relax muscles. Your treatment session will also include education on managing your symptoms with proper diet changes, pelvic hygiene and exercises.
Occasionally an electrical stimulation device might be used to train your pelvic floor muscles in the clinic or for home use. Pelvic floor physiotherapy in Physiomobility is offered by registered physiotherapist and is covered by most extended health benefit plans.