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Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

What is Pelvic Health Physiotherapy?

Pelvic Health Physiotherapy focuses on treating dysfunctions of the pelvic floor muscles. The pelvic floor is a muscle group that acts as a sling to stabilize the low back and supports the pelvic organs, playing a crucial roll in their function. Just like any other muscle group in the body, the pelvic floor can become injured, weak, dysfunctional, or too tight – this can cause a variety of different dysfunctions/symptoms which could include, but are not limited to, leakage when you cough, sneeze or exercise, pain associated with intercourse, vaginal heaviness, constipation, and pain with bowel movements. Pelvic floor dysfunction can also be a source for low back, hip, and pelvic region pain.

Pelvic health physiotherapists assess the pelvic floor and how this muscle group is coordinating with other muscles or affecting the function of your pelvic organs. Pelvic health physiotherapy offers holistic solutions and conservative treatment alternatives to pelvic surgeries and can help prevent injury, restore function, and support wellness.

Conditions We Can Treat

  • Urinary incontinence (stress, urge, mixed, etc)
  • Overactive bladder
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Pelvic pain (vaginismus, vulvodynia, etc)
  • Post-partum rehabilitation
  • Pregnancy related MSK pain
  • Pelvic girdle dysfunction
  • Diastasis Recti
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Endometriosis
  • Coccydynia
  • Gastro-intestinal difficulties

Common Reasons to See a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist

  • Leakage when you cough, sneeze, or exercise
  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Pain during or after intercourse
  • Unexplained pain in your low back, pelvic region, or hips
  • Muscle spasm in your pelvis
  • You have a sensation of vaginal heaviness
  • You suffer from constipation, straining, or pain with bowel movements

Woman drinking coffee and smilingWhat to Expect

On initial consult, you will discuss your symptoms and relevant health history in depth. A physical assessment of the low back and hips is followed by an internal pelvic exam, which can be completed vaginally or rectally. The findings of your assessment will allow your physiotherapist to better predict the source of your symptoms, and create an individualized treatment plan.

While internal pelvic exams provide your physiotherapist with additional information, not every condition allows for an internal exam and all patients have the right to refuse any component of the assessment or subsequent treatment.

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Fredericton NB | (506) 206-0166