Pregnancy can create problems with the pelvic floor.
Kegels are not for everyone! There is a common misconception that women with pelvic floor issues all have weakness; frequently, these muscles are too tight to function properly. This can lead to incontinence, pain with intercourse and is often a significant factor in low back and pelvic pain.
Strength training is an important part of restoring functional strength.
A Physiotherapist with additional training in Pelvic Health can help you regain control of your bladder & bowel function, get rid of your pain, and return to all of your normal activities.
Pelvic health issues are often multifactorial so it is important to be properly assessed by a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist.
78% of women with chronic low back pain also have signs of urinary incontinence and adysfunctional pelvic floor.
– ELIASSON K. ET AL., URINARY INCONTINENCE IN WOMEN WITH LOW BACK PAIN. MANUAL THERAPY. 2008; 13(3):206-212
What do Pelvic Health Physiotherapists Treat?
Bowel & Bladder Issues:
- Overactive bladder
- Frequency and urgency
- Chronic UTI’s
- Painful intercourse (dyspareunia)
- SI joint dysfunction, pelvic girdle pain and symphysis pubis pain
- Low back issues
- Pregnancy and postpartum related issues
1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men will be incontinent in their lifetime.
– AHCPR CLINICAL PRACTISE GUIDELINE, URINARY INCONTINENCE IN ADULTS: ACUTE AND CHRONIC MANAGEMENT NO. 2, 1996 UPDATED, PUBLICATION # 96-0682, US DEP’T OF HEALTH HAD HUMAN SERVICES, ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND.
What to expect from your first appointment?
- A thorough medical history to help determine the cause of the problem
- An assessment of the lower back, pelvis and hip and core function
- An internal exam to assess the status and function of the pelvic floor muscles
- A customized treatment plan designed to help you meet your goals
3.3 Million Canadians experience incontinence - and it often can be cured!.
– THE CANADIAN CONTINENCE FOUNDATION