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Unlocking the Benefits: Understanding the Importance of Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

Pelvic floor physiotherapy is a specialized field within physical therapy that focuses on assessing and treating the muscles of the pelvic floor. These muscles play a pivotal role in various bodily functions, including:

Urinary and Bowel Control: The pelvic floor muscles help regulate urination and bowel movements. When these muscles are weak or dysfunctional, issues like urinary incontinence and constipation can arise.

Sexual Function: A healthy pelvic floor contributes to sexual well-being.

Pelvic Stability: The pelvic floor provides stability to the pelvis, supporting the spine and surrounding organs.

female lying on an exercise mat performing a bridge posture during a physiotherapy session

When Do You Need Pelvic Floor Therapy?

Pelvic floor therapy is appropriate for individuals experiencing various pelvic floor issues. These may include:

  • Low Tone or High Tone Dysfunction: Whether your pelvic floor muscles are too tight (high tone) or too weak (low tone), physiotherapy can help restore balance.

  • Pelvic Pain: If you’re dealing with pelvic pain, whether due to muscle tension or other factors, pelvic floor therapy can provide relief.

  • Postpartum Changes: Pregnancy and childbirth can impact the pelvic floor. Physiotherapy helps women regain strength and function after giving birth.

  • Bladder Problems: Whether it’s urgency, leakage, or other bladder-related issues, pelvic floor therapy can address them effectively.

  • Colorectal and Other Cancers: After cancer treatment, rehabilitation through pelvic floor therapy may aid in recovery.

What to Expect During Pelvic Floor Therapy

  • Evaluation: When you arrive for your pelvic floor therapy session, your physical therapist will review your medical history and symptoms.

  • Muscle Assessment: Your therapist evaluates your ability to contract and relax the pelvic floor muscles voluntarily. They also observe how your pelvic floor moves with your breathing patterns.

  • Treatment Plan: Based on the assessment, your therapist will create a personalized treatment plan. Physiotherapy for pelvic health conditions may include a combination of approaches such as:

  • kegel and progressive strengthening exercises

  • stretching

  • manual therapy

  • bladder or bowel retraining

  • electrical muscle stimulation

  • biofeedback

  • behavioural techniques and education

Benefits of Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

  • Minimally Invasive: Pelvic floor therapy offers a non-surgical approach to addressing various pelvic floor dysfunctions.

  • Improved Quality of Life: By enhancing bladder control, reducing pain, and promoting sexual health, it significantly improves overall well-being.

  • Preventive Care: Even if you don’t currently experience symptoms, pelvic floor therapy can prevent future issues.

Let’s celebrate the power of our pelvic floor muscles and prioritize their care!


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