Pelvic health physiotherapy is recognized as the first choice of treatment for issues such as incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic pain. Trained pelvic floor physiotherapists perform both external (posture, breathing, low back, hips, and abdomen) and internal (vaginal, rectal) examinations to assess for pelvic floor dysfunction. An internal exam is not required, however it provides a whole picture of the system and is highly recommended. Based on the assessment, customized treatment may consist of pelvic floor muscle retraining, education, bladder/bowel routine tracking, dry needling, and hands-on techniques. These various modes of pelvic floor treatment are well supported by the scientific literature and can be effective as part of your care.
1 in 3 women and 1 in 9 men experience stress urinary incontinence. This can further lead to decreased self esteem, inactivity, increased falls risk, and impaired activities of daily living. Pelvic physio can help! An individualized program can address pelvic floor dysfunction by optimizing the mobility and function of the pelvic floor muscles and related structures.