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Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy in Woodbridge

woman getting low back adjustedThe pelvic floor is a bowl shaped, broad band of muscles, ligaments and connective tissue located at the base of the pelvis. It functions to support the pelvic organs, maintain continence and support the core and low back. When not functioning optimally, a wide range of conditions can develop.

Conditions that therapy can help:

  • Stress Incontinence
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Urge Incontinence
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Dyspareunia
  • Vaginismus
  • Vulvodynia
  • Pudendal Neuralgia
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Chronic Prostatitis

A physiotherapist with advanced, specialized training in pelvic health can assess and correctly treat pelvic floor dysfunction. The highly esteemed Cochrane Collaboration scientific review concluded in 2010 that specialized training should be sought first for the treatment of incontinence before surgical intervention is considered. This specialized training teaches the safe and appropriate use of internal examination to teach the proper exercises for the condition being treated.

What causes pelvic pain?

This type of pain is very often caused by pelvic floor dysfunction, and most commonly, muscles that are too tight, or hypertonic. This group of muscles supports the urethra, uterus, bladder, prostate, and rectum by attaching to the tailbones and hip bones.

Hypertonic muscles can cause the following symptoms:

  • Urinary frequency, urgency, hesitancy, stopping and starting of the urine stream, painful urination, or incomplete emptying
  • Constipation, straining, pain with bowel movements
  • Unexplained pain in your low back, pelvic region, hips, genital area, or rectum
  • Pain during or after intercourse, orgasm, or sexual stimulation
  • Uncoordinated muscle contractions causing muscles to spasm

What can I do at home?

Self-care is an important part of treatment and rehabilitation. Your physiotherapist can advise you on daily self-care to support your recovery and avoid other problems along the way. Healthy and safe habits around bladder movements and bowel movements as well as relaxation techniques such as reverse Kegel moves can be very helpful.

FAQs

What is Pelvic Floor Tightness?

Many people with pelvic pain have pelvic floor dysfunction, specifically hypertonic muscles, or muscles that are too tight. This group of muscles attaches to the front, back, and sides of the bottom of the pelvis and sacrum. They are like a hammock or a sling, and they support the bladder, uterus, prostate and rectum. They also wrap around your urethra, rectum, and vagina (in women).

What is Pelvic Floor Muscle Weakness?

Hypotonicity, or weak muscles, can contribute to urinary and fecal incontinence, as well as pelvic organ prolapse. When the muscles are weak, they need to undergo a properly designed and structured strengthening program.

How Do You Treat Pelvic Pain From a Physiotherapy Perspective?

People need to address Pelvic Tissue Dysfunction, Connective Tissue Dysfunction, and the Sensitive Nervous System in order to successfully address their discomfort. A physiotherapist specializing in pelvic pain, specifically using internal treatment techniques for muscles, connective tissues, and nerves, needs to be consulted in order to address your particular tissue problems.

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Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Woodbridge ON | (905) 417-5272