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Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

Pelvic floor physiotherapy includes the assessment and treatment of various conditions that involve pelvic floor dysfunction, or symptoms that manifest in this area.

It can be a crucial part of an individual’s complete medical care. The pelvic floor includes muscles, ligaments, nerves and connective tissue. It plays an important role in the body by providing support for the bladder, genitals, uterus and anus. Pelvic floor pain or dysfunction can impact all genders, ages, and stages of life.

Concerns of the pelvic floor are widespread and diverse. Get started on your journey to more comfort, function, and freedom by identifying the symptom(s) you’re experiencing from our list below! Hover over each card for more information on the ways this theme can impact pelvic health.

Not seeing your unique circumstance captured on these cards?
Contact our team to find out if pelvic floor therapy is right for you!

BLADDER

BLADDER-RELATED CONCERNS MAY INCLUDE:

  • Prostate pain or enlargement
  • Stress, urge, and mixed incontinence
  • Overactive bladder
  • Interstitial cystitis

CORE & STRENGTH

CORE & STRENGTH-RELATED CONCERNS MAY INCLUDE:

  • Athletic Pubalgia
  • Sports hernia
  • Athletic-based incontinence
  • Hip, low-back, SIJ, or groin pain with athletics

SEX

SEX-RELATED CONCERNS MAY INCLUDE:

  • Pain with sex (vaginal, rectal, orthopaedic)
  • Leakage with sex
  • Weak pelvic muscles/poor sensation

PAIN
(WITHIN THE PELVIS)

PAIN-RELATED CONCERNS MAY INCLUDE:

  • Post-radiation pain
  • Prostate pain
  • Vaginismus
  • Vulvodynia
  • Menstrual pain
  • Undiagnosed pelvic pain

PROLAPSE

PROLAPSE-RELATED CONCERNS MAY INCLUDE:

  • Vaginal vault prolapse
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Cystocele
  • Rectocele
  • Enterocele

Pain
(outside the pelvis)

PAIN-RELATED CONCERNS MAY INCLUDE

  • Hip pain
  • Coccyx/tailbone pain
  • Pubic symph pain
  • Low-back pain

PREGNANCY

PREGNANCY-RELATED CONCERNS MAY INCLUDE:

  • Preparation for labour/delivery
  • Pelvic pain (low back, SIJ, PSD, coccyx)
  • Core strength (diastasis recti)
  • Postpartum care and return to activity

BOWEL

BOWEL-RELATED CONCERNS MAY INCLUDE:

  • Constipation
  • Bowel incontinence (gas or stool)
  • Bowel pain, poor motility
  • Urgency

POST-OPERATIVE

POST-OPERATIVE-RELATED CONCERNS MAY INCLUDE

  • Abdominal surgery (appendectomy, bowel, gallbladder, hernia, diastasis repair, abdominoplasty)
  • Gynecologic surgery
  • Prostate surgery
  • Pelvic cancer care

Your pelvic health therapist!

Craven SPORT Services is the proud home of an excellent pelvic health physiotherapist, Hayley Braun. With an unwavering commitment to our clients’ well-being, Hayley is dedicated to delivering a level of compassion and care that every individual deserves.

Contact our team to schedule a session with Hayley and get started on your journey!

What to expect during pelvic floor therapy

The treatments involved in pelvic floor therapy are as diverse as the many symptoms or situations that may
prompt a first appointment! Yet with that in mind, here is a general structure of what you can expect during
your pelvic health journey:

Assessment

  • Before pelvic floor treatment begins, your pelvic health physiotherapist will take your full medical history and thoroughly discuss your current concerns, symptoms, and goals.
  • With informed consent, your pelvic floor physiotherapist will perform a physical assessment of the joints and tissues affecting the area. This may include both internal and external examinations to identify the affected tissues that may be contributing to your urinary, bowel, pelvic, or abdominal symptoms. Informed consent is a huge part of pelvic health: you will always have the option to discuss or refrain from certain types of assessment if you are not comfortable doing so.
  • Common areas that refer pain to the pelvic region include: the abdomen, lower back, hips, pubic symphysis (the front part of your pubic bones) and sacro-iliac joint (the joint formed by the sacrum and ilium from your low back to your coccyx). You pelvic health therapist may assess if/how these regions are contributing to your symptoms.
  • Based on your examination, your pelvic health physiotherapist will work with you to put together a plan of care that is specific to your particular goals, symptoms and dysfunction. Since every person has a unique case, it is important that your treatment is customized to address your specific needs

Treatment

There are various modes of pelvic floor treatment that are well-supported by the scientific literature and can be effectively incorporated as part of your care. Some of these treatment options include:

EDUCATION
Education is power! You cannot under-estimate the importance of knowledge. Understanding the anatomy and physiology of the pelvic floor, posture education as well as knowing how to deal with chronic pain symptoms are vital to your recovery. Many clients have improved their symptoms by simply understanding how various aspects such as lifestyle, diet, urinary and bowel hygiene can affect the pelvic floor.

PERSONALIZED EXERCISE PROGRAM
As with other musculo-skeletal joints in the body, an individualized exercise program including stretching, strengthening, proper posture and breathing techniques are essential for overall pelvic health. Areas within the pelvic floor and other muscles surrounding the pelvis, thorax and lower limbs will be targeted.

BLADDER TRAINING
It is important to review your voiding patterns with your therapist to ensure appropriate bladder and bowel habits. This is essential in helping to normalize your overall pelvic function.

MANUAL THERAPY
This is presently the preferred method when treating pelvic floor dysfunction. It involves various hands-on techniques such as: stretching, facilitation, soft tissue massage, mobilization as well as connective tissue, myofascial and trigger point release techniques to the affected muscles and tissue.

OTHER TREATMENTS TO MINIMIZE PAIN
This may include the use of heat, cold, trans-cutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), interferential current (IFC), guided imagery, breathing and relaxation techniques. Your therapist will be happy to discuss these and other options with you.

HOURS OF OPERATION:

Mondays: 7:00am – 7:00pm
Tuesdays: 7:00am – 7:00pm
Wednesdays: 7:00am – 7:00pm
Thursdays: 7:00am – 7:00pm
Fridays: 7:00am – 6:00pm
Saturdays: 9:00 – 4:00pm (Training Centre only)