Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
How Does Pelvic Floor Therapy Work?
What Happens During Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Session?
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Pelvic floor assessment often involves an internal vaginal/rectal examination which will help provide very useful information about your pelvic floor muscle tone and strength as well as to guide the right treatment, this will always be done only with your consent and are conducted in a private and supportive environment.
If you are uncomfortable in any way, an alternate way of assessment and treatment can be discussed with you as well.
After the examination, your physiotherapist will discuss the results of the examination and can discuss treatment options tailored for you.
Is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Right For You?
Most people know about core muscle training and abdominal exercises when it comes to the pelvis, but few have heard of pelvic floor physiotherapy. Pelvic floor muscles are some of the strongest muscles in our body. They support the pelvic organs (maintain bladder and bowel function and control).
Pelvic floor physiotherapy has been long known for developing and maintaining pelvic muscle strength and function for improving men and women’s ability to control urinary incontinence. Still, recent research has shown that this knowledge goes far beyond urinary incontinence. Many think pelvic floor physiotherapy is a relatively new treatment option; however, it has been in existence for quite a long time. Pelvic exercises are traditionally recommended for women to improve urinary and bowel incontinence. However, men are also at risk of developing pelvic muscle problems, leading to pelvic pain, incontinence, erectile dysfunction, or pain during intercourse.
Pelvic floor physiotherapy focuses on treating pelvic disorders. Pelvic floor rehabilitation is a part of physiotherapy, using exercises at a low-level/low load to improve everyday function to a higher level for training athletes having pelvic floor problems. Pelvic floor muscle training helps restore function, improve strength and stability, and improve individuals’ quality of life with pelvic floor dysfunction.
Pelvic floor physiotherapy is a specialized physical therapy treatment for a wide variety of conditions that aim to restore the pelvic floor’s normal function. Pelvic floor physical therapy has been an effective treatment option for patients with pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse, stress or urgency urinary incontinence etc.
A pelvic floor therapist can help with bladder training, which is an effective way to treat overactive bladder along with other medical treatment/procedures.
Pelvic floor physiotherapy is an invaluable treatment for both men and women with urinary incontinence and other pelvic dysfunction. This article explains the common questions and answers you might have regarding pelvic floor therapy treatment to help improve your life quality.
Hanan Ibrahim, PT
Physiotherapist (Pelvic Floor, Acupuncture, Dry Needling, Physiotherapy)