What is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?
The Pelvic Floor is a group of muscles, nerves, ligaments, and fascia located at the bottom of the pelvis. When the Pelvic Floor is not working in optimal function the structures have difficulty with bowel and bladder control, pelvic organ support, and painful sexual functions. Pelvic Floor Dysfunction can contribute to incontinence, difficulties with emptying the bowel and bladder, pelvic organ prolapse, chronic pelvic pain, sexual pain and pregnancy related pain. Pelvic Floor dysfunction can be caused by Weak or Tight pelvic floor muscles.
What is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy pertains to the assessment, treatment and prevention of various pelvic health disorders. It is a branch of orthopedic manual therapy that focuses on the muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, nerves and fascia of the pelvic girdle, low back and hips. Specialized Physiotherapy is becoming more established in the literature as a first-line of defence against Incontinence and Pelvic Pain.
How can Physiotherapy help?
On your first consultation with your Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist, she will review your history of symptoms with some questionnaires to fill up. Based on your symptoms your therapist will perform a thorough examination externally evaluating spinal, hip, abdominal, and pelvic mobility. Then, she will do an internal vaginal/rectal examination to determine whether the pelvic floor is weak or tight. Upon completion of the assessment your therapist will discuss with you the results of the assessment and propose a treatment plan.
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