Who would benefit from pelvic floor physiotherapy?
Contrary to popular belief, pelvic floor physio isn’t just for women. The treatment approach can be used to treat all people of all anatomies that are suffering from pain or reduced function in their pelvis, low back, and hips. This includes men, who are often under treated for issues of the pelvic floor.
What can I expect from a pelvic floor assessment?
A pelvic floor assessment always begins with a detailed history of your experiences with pelvic floor pain or dysfunction, an external exam, and if indicated, an internal examination pending your consent.
Breathing patterns, posture, muscle tone and strength will be assessed so that the proper treatment and exercises can be given. Treatment may include muscle release techniques that can be done both externally and/or internally.
By the end of your treatment, you will have a better understanding about the condition of your pelvic floor and you will be sent home with a personalized treatment plan and exercises to complete away from the clinic.
Follow up sessions will focus on treating the root cause of the symptoms through hands on manual therapy, exercises, breathing techniques, and more!
What is an internal exam? Do all pelvic floor treatments require one?
The internal exam provides us with information on the strength of your pelvic floor muscles, can identify trigger points, and determines how the pelvic floor is functioning. This is completed vaginally and/or rectally.
This is not a requirement for treatment and is dependant on comfort level, consent and the goals of the session. Pros/cons of every treatment option will be presented to the patient, depending on the findings of our assessment.
The goal of the session is to evaluate your condition while respecting consent and personal boundaries at every moment. Due to to the sensitive nature of internal work, consent will be asked every session and patients are welcome to withdraw consent at any time, no questions asked.
Can’t I just do kegels?
Kegels can be an effective way to regain muscle control and strength in the pelvis, but are not always an appropriate treatment depending on each individual’s situation. Many patients have issues such as urinary leakage that actually stem from tissues in the pelvis being overactive. There is no one size fits all solution!
What do I need to bring?
We recommend to wear clothing that is comfortable and easy to move around in. A doctor’s referral is not necessary to receive pelvic floor treatment.