Women’s Health/Pelvic Physiotherapy

 

What is pelvic floor physiotherapy?

Pelvic floor physiotherapy is a type of therapy developed specifically to treat the muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves and other structures located in the pelvic region, including the area bounded by the low back, pelvis and hips. It comprises an array of techniques, including: 

  • manual therapy and manipulation 
  • exercises to improve strength 
  • acupuncture
  • behavior modification 
  • patient education 

Most patients benefit from a combination of all these approaches, and every course of therapy is customized to suit each patient's symptoms and overall health and abilities. 

 

What conditions does pelvic physiotherapy treat?

Pelvic physiotherapy treats a host of conditions affected by the pelvic muscles and structures, including many conditions that can result in a substantially reduced quality of life. These include: 

  • bladder incontinence, including stress incontinence, urge incontinence and mixed incontinence 
  • incontinence associated with pregnancy and menopause 
  • bowel incontinence 
  • chronic pelvic pain 
  • interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome 
  • painful intercourse 
  • painful periods 
  • pain associated with endometriosis 
  • painful vaginal spasms (vaginismus) 
  • vulvar pain 
  • discomfort and pressure in the vagina 
  • pain in the low back or hips that has not responded to other types of therapy or care 

 

What are the benefits of pelvic physiotherapy?

Pelvic physiotherapy was designed to treat the symptoms associated with pelvic floor weakness and disorders associated with weakening of the pelvic floor structures, including the muscles, ligaments and connective tissues that support the bladder, rectum, uterus and vagina. In addition to providing support, the pelvic floor also enables these structures to function they way they're supposed to. When the pelvic floor becomes weakened from age, weight gain, pregnancy, or disease or trauma, problems like incontinence and sexual dysfunction can develop, accompanied by pain and discomfort in the pelvic region. Pelvic floor physiotherapy is designed to help restore the muscles in this area for better function and a reduction or elimination of symptoms. One of the primary benefits of pelvic floor physiotherapy is that in many patients, it can effectively treat many types of incontinence and other issues affecting the pelvic region without the need for invasive surgeries or drugs. Plus, because pelvic physiotherapy include different techniques and approaches, it can be customized to each patient's unique needs for optimal results.

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