This is a specialized form of physiotherapy that assesses and treats pelvic floor dysfunctions. Pelvic floor dysfunction can result from weak, tight or overactive pelvic floor muscles that can lead to a host of symptoms such as urinary and fecal incontinence, pelvic pain, pain with sexual intercourse, organ prolapse and constipation.
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapists use internal manual techniques in addition to external orthopaedic techniques to assess the function of these muscles and their contribution to your symptoms.
What can pelvic floor physiotherapy be used to treat?
- Incontinence (stress, urgency)
- Pre- and Post-pregnancy
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Pelvic pain
- Painful intercourse
Assessment & Treatment
At LIFT Physiotherapy, providing exceptional customer service is our number one priority. When you have an assessment with one of our pelvic floor physiotherapists, you will be seen for a 1 hour initial consultation. During this time, your concerns will be discussed, a thorough history will be taken and a treatment plan will be developed to help you reach your goals.
Part of your initial assessment will include an internal examination. The purpose of this exam is to help our therapists gain a thorough understanding of how the muscles of the pelvic floor may be contributing to the discomfort or dysfunction you are experiencing. Education is an essential part of our assessment and treatment.
To ensure adequate time is spent with all clients, our follow-up sessions are 45 minutes in length.
About the pelvic floor
The pelvic floor is a very important area of the body that has many critical functions.
The pelvic floor muscles form a “bowl” of muscles that support our bladder, uterus, prostate and rectum against gravity and helps to resist rises in intra-abdominal pressure. Whenever we sneeze, cough, laugh, exercise or hold our breath there is a rise in
intra abdominal pressure and our pelvic floor muscles act like a trampoline and help resist that pressure so that nothing leaks out of our bladder or rectum. Weakness in the pelvic floor can also lead to pelvic organ prolapse. Pelvic floor physiotherapy can
help address the issues around a faulty support system.
The pelvic floor muscles wrap around the urethra, rectum, and vagina (in women) and thus they help control the opening of these organs, helping to maintain urinary and fecal continence.
Pelvic floor muscles help to provide tone for the vaginal and rectal canals and help promote blood flow for orgasms in females and erections in males. Alterations in muscle function could result in pain during sexual intercourse.
There is a high concentration of lymph nodes near the pelvis and thus the pelvic floor muscle activity acts as a venous and lymphatic
pump for the pelvis, helping to move blood and lymphatic fluid through the body.
Our pelvic floor muscles along with our other deep core muscles work to unload the spine and stabilize the lumbar
spine, sacroiliac joint and hip joint.