Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
BENEFITS OF PELVIC FLOOR THERAPY
1 in 3 women have pelvic floor dysfunction and many men experience symptoms too. It is very common, but it is not normal and it can be resolved! Our pelvic floor therapists Elizabeth de Jong Westman, Jennifer Laroy, and Penny Wilson treat women and men for incontinence and other pelvic floor disorders at our Broadway and Kerrisdale locations.
Pelvic Floor Therapy is beneficial for women and men of any age experiencing problems that could be related to pelvic floor issues. This could be difficulty with bladder or bowel control, sexual pain or dysfunction, constipation, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic, tailbone or lower back pain. It is also useful during and after pregnancy to optimize birthing and prevention of post partum issues.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Initial Appointment Forms
A session will involve a detailed history and assessment of your posture and pelvic mechanics. An internal exam is normally carried out (either vaginal and/or rectal) to assess the pelvic floor muscles. This is a digital exam only (no speculum) but it is not necessary if you have acute pain or are uncomfortable. It is important to find out how strong the muscles are, and if you can relax them properly. Based on the assessment findings and your goals, treatment will be tailored to suit you. It can involve advice, exercises, posture correction, manual therapy to the pelvis and internal muscles and possibly acupuncture or electrotherapy.
This service is available at both our Cambie and Kerrisdale locations.
SYMPTOMS AND CONDITIONS
Do you ever experience any of the following symptoms?
- Leak when you cough / sneeze / laugh or exercise?
- No longer run because of unpleasant wetness?
- Visit the bathroom more frequently than you used to ?
- Not always make it to the bathroom?
- Have pain in the pelvic area, perineum and or tailbone that is affecting your quality of life?
- Have genital / vaginal pain affecting your sex life?
- Have reduced sexual sensation?
- Struggle with constipation / difficult bowel movements?
- Have bulging / heaviness in the perineum?
Commonly Treated Conditions Include:
- Stress Urinary Incontinence (Leaking)
- Over Active bladder (Urgency)
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse - A descent of one of the pelvic organs into the vaginal space.
- Fecal Incontincence
- Diastasis rectus abdominus (DRA) - seperated stomach muscles
- Coccydynia - painful tail bone
- Vestibulodynia / Vulvodynia / Vaginismus / Vestibulitis - Pain syndromes in the vaginal region
- Nocturia - Having to urinate throughout the night