Pelvic Health is the area of Physiotherapy that deals with pelvic floor conditions. The pelvic region contains muscles, connective tissue, and nerves that support the pelvic organs like the bowel, bladder, and uterus. These muscles also contribute to the bowel, bladder, and sexual function. As they are part of the core muscles, they also contribute to lower back stability.
Facts about Pelvic Health
- Urinary incontinence affects up to 3.3 million Canadians
- It is not normal to have urinary leakage after childbirth or as part of the ageing process
- Leaking problems also affect female athletes
- 50% of women over 50 have signs of pelvic organ prolapse
- 45% of women have pelvic girdle pain
- Physiotherapy is the first line of conservative treatment to improve symptoms and function in pelvic floor dysfunction
What to expect on your first visit:
The physiotherapist will ask questions about your current symptoms and medical history – including pregnancies, pain, bladder, and bowel habits. This is followed by a physical assessment which includes the assessment of posture, lower back, pelvis, and hips.
While it is important for the physiotherapist to understand the underlying causes, you do not have to give any information or undergo any assessment or treatment that you are not comfortable with. We understand the sensitive nature of these concerns and want you to feel safe in our clinic. All treatment is provided in a private treatment room and you are welcome to bring a support person with you if that will make you more comfortable.