What Is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?

Pelvic health physiotherapy is a specialized form of physiotherapy provided by a physiotherapist who has advanced training to assess and treat conditions resulting in the dysfunction of the pelvic floor muscles. If the pelvic floor muscles are not working optimally, it can lead to pain, bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction.


Who is a candidate for Pelvic Health Physiotherapy? People who:

- Leak urine and/or stool when they cough, laugh, sneeze or exercise

- Leak urine due to strong urinary urges

- Experience pain or difficulty initiating urination

- Feel that they have not fully emptied their bladder after voiding

- Urinate more than 8 times a day

- Experience pain during or after bowel movement

- Have to strain to have a bowel movement

- Experience a sense of pressure or heaviness in their pelvis

- Have pain with vaginal penetration

- Experience pain during menstruation

- Have pelvic pain (vaginal, rectal or perineal)

- Have pelvic girdle, buttock, low back or coccyx pain

- Are pregnant

- Have delivered a baby (vaginal or cesarian)

- Have weak core muscles or have been diagnosed with diastasis recti


If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, know that you are not alone and that there is help. Pelvic health physiotherapy treatment is customized to each patient and often integrates pelvic floor and core muscle re-training, education on healthy bowel and bladder habits, nutrition, home exercises and hands-on techniques from the physiotherapist.


Begin your wellness journey today and book an assessment with our Pelvic Health Physiotherapist, Renae Hunter.


By Renae Hunter


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