Pelvic Health Physiotherapy

What is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy is a branch of physiotherapy that focuses on the muscles, joints, connective tissues and nerves of the pelvis, low back and hips.

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy can help men and women experiencing any of the following conditions or symptoms:

Do you urinate more than 5-7 times during the day? Do you get up during the night to use the bathroom? Is your bladder urgency disrupting your day to day life or your ability to get a good night’s sleep? There are a number of factors that can contribute to increased urinary urgency and frequency,… Read More

Do you have fewer than 3 bowel movements per week? Do you need to strain to have bowel movements or pass stool that is small and hard? If you are constipated, you may be placing excessive strain on your pelvic floor muscles and other structures/organs within your pelvis. If you have pelvic pain, prolapse or… Read More

Are you finding it challenging to regain your abdominal muscle strength after having a baby? If you lie on your back and lift up your head, is there a bulge that appears in the middle of your belly? Rectus diastasis, which is a separation in the abdominal muscles, most often occurs during or after pregnancy.… Read More

Do you have a sense of heaviness in your vagina or rectum, or a feeling like something is bulging or falling out of you? Have you noticed any changes to your bowel or bladder function? If yes, you may have a pelvic organ prolapse, which occurs when one or more of the organs in your… Read More

Do you experience discomfort during intercourse? Are you finding it challenging to return to pain-free intercourse since having a baby? Discomfort during intercourse can be related to tight pelvic floor muscles, trauma during a vaginal delivery, scar tissue and/or sensitivity of your nervous system. You might notice discomfort with penetration or thrusting, and it may… Read More

Do you have pain in or around your tailbone? Do you find it uncomfortable to sit for long periods of time, find yourself sitting forward, or having difficulty moving from a sitting to a standing position? Tailbone pain can occur following a fall, after prolonged pressure to the area, or during/after pregnancy. Hands-on therapy to… Read More

Are you currently pregnant and experiencing pain in your lower back, hip, or at the back or front of your pelvis? Have you been told your pain is because of hormonal changes and ligament laxity? All pregnant women experience more laxity or looseness in their pelvis during pregnancy; normal changes that help to facilitate delivery… Read More

Have you been experiencing pelvic or genital pain for more than 3 months? Are you frustrated because the medical testing you have had suggests there is nothing wrong? Or have you been diagnosed with vaginismis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, bladder pain syndrome or interstitial cystitis? Persistent pain is complex and cannot be blamed on a single… Read More

Have you been receiving treatment for lower back or hip pain, but continue to experience symptoms? Do you also experience any of the issues listed above? If yes, your pelvic floor may be a missing piece of the puzzle. The muscles of the pelvic floor provide stability to the lower back and pelvis and tension… Read More

Do you leak small amounts of urine when you cough, laugh, sneeze, run or jump? Do you experience larger amounts of urine loss after a really strong urge to go to the bathroom? For women, urinary incontinence can be related to pregnancy, childbirth or menopause. In men, urinary incontinence can occur after prostate surgery or… Read More

Are you currently pregnant or are you re-adjusting to life after pregnancy? You probably have an excellent medical team that is looking after you and your little one. Whether you have chosen a midwife, family doctor or obstetrician, consider adding a pelvic health physiotherapist to your healthcare team. To prepare for childbirth, your body goes… Read More

During the initial assessment, the physiotherapist uses external and internal techniques to thoroughly assess the pelvic floor muscles and surrounding structures. Treatment may involve a combination of manual therapy, individualized exercises and education. At Foundation Physiotherapy, our Pelvic Physiotherapist has received advanced training and is registered with the Ontario College of Physiotherapists to perform internal examinations.

Note: if you have extended health coverage for physiotherapy, pelvic physiotherapy sessions will be covered. You do not need a referral to be assessed or treated by a physiotherapist; however, some insurance companies do require a physician’s referral to get the cost of physiotherapy reimbursed.

If you have any additional questions about Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy, please contact us directly.


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