Pelvic physiotherapy (also called pelvic floor physiotherapy or pelvic health physiotherapy) is the assessment and treatment of various conditions that involve the pelvic floor or symptoms that manifest in this area. The pelvic floor includes muscles, ligaments, nerves and connective tissue, and plays an important role in the body by providing support for the bladder, genitals, uterus and anus.
Assessment and Treatment
Before pelvic floor treatment begins, your pelvic health physiotherapist will take your full medical history and thoroughly discuss your current problems and symptoms.
With informed consent, your pelvic floor physiotherapist will perform a complete physical assessment of the joints and tissues affecting this area. This may include an external examination and, respectfully, an internal examination to identify the affected tissues that may be contributing to your pelvic dysfunction. If you feel uncomfortable with the thought of an internal exam, we encourage you to discuss this with your pelvic health physiotherapist.
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 symptoms, dysfunction, and goals. Your plan will include a combination of the following: education and exercise are the key components, followed by manual therapy, electrical muscle stimulation, biofeedback, bladder/bowel routine tracking and pessary fitting. As you begin to progress, your pelvic health therapist will adjust your program of care accordingly.
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