Pelvic Health Physiotherapy

 

What is the Pelvic Floor?​​​​

The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that form a basket shape at the bottom of our pelvis. This basket supports all of our internal organs from below. The pelvic floor works alongside our diaphragm, transversus abdominus and multifidus to form our "core muscles". Just like external muscles can become tight, painful, weak or overworked your pelvic floor muscles can too!  

 

What is Pelvic Health Physiotherapy?​​​

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy is the assessment, treatment and prevention of pelvic floor dysfunctions. It is much more than just "kegels". In fact, most women perform kegels incorrectly and a lot of women shouldn't even be doing them at all!

 

Any of the following signs, symptoms and conditions can be the result of a pelvic floor dysfunction:​

 

Urinary and/or Bowel Incontinence - Do you pee your pants when you laugh, cough, jump, squat, run? Do you have difficulty making it to the toilet on time? Do you have an increased urge to go to the washroom?

 

Pelvic Organ Prolapse - Do you feel a heavyness or pressure in your vagina when exercising or performing any day to day activities?

 

Rectus Diastasis - Do you have a gap, space or weakness between your abdominal muscles?

 

Dyspareunia and Vaginismus - Do you have painful intercourse? An inability to have intercourse, use a tampon or have a pap test?

 

Constipation - Do you have pain with or difficulty having bowel movements

 

Chronic Prostatitis and UTIs - Do you have recurring prostatitis and/or urinary tract infections despite numerous rounds of antibiotics?

 

Painful Bladder Syndrome & Interstitial Cystitis - Do you have an increased frequency and urgency of going to the bathroom? Do you have pain when your bladder is full?

 

Dysmenorrhea - Do you have painful periods?

 

Pelvic Girdle Pain - Do you have pain in your hips, low back. sacrum or tailbone?

 

Vulvodynia, Vestibulodynia & Persistent Pelvic Pain - Do you have pain in your hip, groin, tailbone, sit bones, vagina or anus that is persistent and/or has remained un-diagnosed?

Statistics on Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

 

1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience urinary incontinence 

 

58% of women 3 months post-partum have pain with intercourse 

 

Chronic pelvic pain affects 24% of adult women 

 

96% of women with low back pain have a pelvic floor dysfunction  

 

71% of women with low back pain have an overactive (tight) pelvic floor  

 

 

What should I expect from my Pelvic Health Physiotherapist?

Your initial assessment will cover your medical history and symptoms in detail. A physical orthopaedic and pelvic exam will take place. 

 

At Core Connection we use an evidence-based biopsychosocial approach to assessment and treatment. We will look beyond your pelvic floor to ensure we are addressing any other factors that may be contributing to your dysfunction.

The pelvic exam consists of an internal vaginal and/or rectal exam. The internal exam is crucial in determining the state of your pelvic floor muscles.

 

We will discuss with you our findings and devise a treatment plan based on your functional goals.

Our care is client-centered. We are committed to getting you back performing whatever activity it is that is being negatively affected by your dysfunction. 

 

© 2020 by Lauren Sutherland Physical Therapist Health Prof Corp