What is Pelvic Health Physiotherapy?
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy is a specialized branch of physiotherapy that focuses specifically on conditions that affect the pelvis, low back, pelvic floor and hips. Pelvic Health Physiotherapy can also address problems related to bladder and bowel dysfunction and intercourse. Some commonly treated conditions include:
- Incontinence (leakage)
- Urinary frequency or urgency
- Pain with intercourse
- Pelvic Organ Prolapses
- Pain associated with pelvic conditions such as endometriosis, PCOS, prostatitis and more
- Pre- and post- natal care
- Mobilization of scar tissue post c-section or perineal tearing and episiotomies
- Diastasis Rectus
- Unexplained low back or hip pain
What are the Benefits of Pelvic Health Physiotherapy?
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy can help reduce pelvic pain, leaking, prolapse symptoms and restore your quality of life if you are suffering with these conditions. It is important to remember, that while many of these pelvic conditions are common, they are NOT normal and they can be improved!
What to Expect with a Pelvic Heath Assessment?
Pelvic Health Physiotherapists, like many physiotherapists, focus on muscles, joints, ligaments and how they function together. We have many beautiful muscles that lay within the bowl of our pelvis, but often times we aren’t even aware that these muscles are there, and as a result, they are often undertrained or not functioning to their best capabilities. This can sometimes lead to pelvic floor muscle dysfunction and can contribute to some of the symptoms you may be experiencing.
In order to get the best idea of what is happening with the pelvic floor muscles, an internal pelvic floor muscle examination may be recommended by your Pelvic Health Physiotherapist. An internal pelvic floor muscle examination gives your therapist the best picture of the muscle and organ function in the pelvis, as well as gives them an opportunity to assess muscle function; including strength, movement of the muscles and coordination. It is important to note, that this is not a required portion of the assessment, and you can bring forward any concerns to your Pelvic Health Physiotherapist in your appointment. In addition to the pelvic floor muscles, your Pelvic Health Physiotherapist will also assess your back, hips, abdomen, breathing pattern, and complete a thorough history of your concerns.
It is important to remember, that Pelvic Health Physiotherapists have completed additional training for the assessment and treatment of pelvic health conditions and are specialized in assessment and treatment of the pelvic floor.
What Does a Treatment Session Look Like?
A treatment session will vary for each individual patient based on their needs. Some treatment options may consist of the following:
- Hands-on treatment to the pelvic floor muscles and/or muscles of the low back, hips and abdomen
- Connective tissue mobilization
- Scar tissue mobilization
- Strength training for pelvic floor or surrounding muscles
- Breathing repatterning and relaxation
- Education regarding lifestyle and habit changes for bowel and bladder function
Your Pelvic Health Physiotherapist will work with you to ensure that they are helping you work towards your goals. They are very passionate about what they do and want to help you get back to the life you want to live!
HST included where applicable
- Pelvic Physio Assessment (60 minutes) – $110
- Pelvic Physio Follow Up (30 minutes) – $95
- Telehealth Pelvic Physio Assessment (60 minutes) – $110
- Telehealth Pelvic Physio Follow Up (30 minutes) – $95
All cancellations must be made a minimum of 24 hours prior to your appointment time. Any appointments cancelled outside of the 24 hours will be charged in full. Each appointment is booked with a Practitioner who has prepared your session to maintain your wellbeing. This is also their valuable time and why we have these policies in place. Thank you very much for your understanding.