Pelvic floor physiotherapy addresses the pelvic floor, the hammock of muscles that sit in the bottom our pelvis, and any discomfort or pain associated with a dysfunction of the muscles.
Pelvic floor muscles, like any muscles in the body, can be weak (hypotonic) or tight (hypertonic) and this will have an impact on how our system functions.
Pelvic floor dysfunctions are common but not a normal part of aging. Dysfunctions can include bladder and bowel incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, chronic pelvic pain, dyspareunia and urge incontinence.
To put it plainly, it can look like bladder control issues with coughing, sneezing, laughing or during your workout, lower back or pelvic pain that just won’t let up, pain with sex or less control of your bladder and bowel. For some women these problems arose as a side effect of motherhood. For others, it felt like it snuck up on them over time.
Kegels or pelvic floor muscle exercises are not always the answer! In fact, they can do more harm than good depending on the condition you’re experiencing.
Pelvic floor physiotherapy also plays an important role in pre- and postpartum care. Throughout your pregnancy journey a pelvic physiotherapist can manage aches and pains guide you with exercise, prep for birth and support after your delivery.