Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
What is pelvic floor physiotherapy?
Pelvic floor physio involves the assessment and treatment of various types of dysfunction of the pelvic floor muscles and the pelvic organs (bladder, uterus, prostate, rectum). It is a low risk alternative or adjunct to other types of treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction, such as surgery. Symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction can occur in males and females, but can often be improved with pelvic floor physiotherapy.
What type of conditions do you treat?
- stress incontinence
- urge incontinence
- overactive bladder/cystitis/urgency – the feeling of always having to pee, without accompanying leakage
- coccydynia (tailbone pain)
- pelvic organ prolapse
- anterior vaginal wall prolapse (also known as cystocele or bladder prolapse)
- uterine prolapse
- vault prolapse/enterocele
- posterior vaginal wall prolapse/rectocele
- rectal prolapse
What can I expect from a pelvic floor exam?
Your therapist will ask you questions about your specific symptoms, and will assess your posture, and spinal and pelvic movements. An internal exam (vaginal and/or rectal) is the best way to directly assess the pelvic floor. You may be asked to complete a bladder diary (a log of your fluid intake in relation to your symptoms) in order to provide more information for your treatment. Treatment is individualized to each person’s case, and often begins with education. We want our patients to have an active role in their treatment and understand what is happening in their bodies, so that they can play a part in managing their symptoms. Pelvic floor retraining exercises are often provided to optimize control of the pelvic floor muscles.
Written by Melina Mirzaei