Regain your Confidence with Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
Pelvic floor physiotherapy can help with challenges like incontinence and organ prolapse and regain a sense of control and confidence in your life.
According to Wikipedia Pelvic floor physical therapy (PFPT) is a specialty area within physical therapy focusing on the rehabilitation of muscles in the pelvic floor after injury or dysfunction.
Physical therapists with specialized pelvic floor physical therapy training can address dysfunction in individuals across the gender and sex spectra, however, PFPT is often associated with women's health for its focus on pelvic trauma after childbirth.
If you are a health or fitness professional and you want to be the in-demand pelvic floor expert women trust to help them work their body in ways that can help prevent and heal common core challenges like incontinence, prolapse and diastasis recti, you may be interested in the Core Confidence Women's Pelvic Floor Health & Fitness Certification
Benefits of Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
When you have any type of pelvic floor dysfunction, you may benefit from pelvic floor physiotherapy. Pelvic floor dysfunction is commonly grouped into two areas of concern:
- your muscles are too tight or
- they are too weak.
A tight pelvic floor can contribute to urinary frequency and urgency. It can also make urination painful or incomplete and can be responsible for you waking up during the night with a need to pee. It can contribute to urinary incontinence when you find yourself saying, “Oops! I just peed a little” and just can’t make it to the washroom in time.
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A tight pelvic floor can also contribute to constipation, straining during bowel movements and painful bowel movements. You may experience sexual dysfunction. feeling pain with penetration, pain with or inability to orgasm, and pain with sexual stimulation.
A weak pelvic floor can contribute to stress incontinence, which is the involuntary loss of urine or stool during or after sports or exercise activity or with laughing, coughing and sneezing.
Weak pelvic floor muscles also contribute to pelvic organ prolapse, which is when one of the pelvic organs starts to shift out of place and you feel a heaviness or bulging at the vaginal or rectal opening. This can happen after women give birth. Often women think this is normal, but it doesn’t have to be. Working with a Pelvic Floor Therapists will give you a number of management options to get your life back.
Visit with a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist
An assessment is tailored to the needs of each client. The therapist will ask about your symptoms and the extent of their severity and collect a detailed history. Questions may be discussed about other potential symptoms that go along with pelvic floor dysfunction. There is an external examination component where the skin, fascia, and muscles of the abdomen, lower back, and inner thighs are assessed. There is also an internal component to the exam which is done via a digital (finger) vaginal and/or rectal exam.
An internal exam is not always necessary, but it is encouraged to get a full picture of the issues you may have. It also adds valuable insight to better enhance your treatment plan and reach the best outcomes possible, in the shortest amount of time.
It is much easier to correct a minor prolapse or mild incontinence than it is to correct a problem that has been worsening over multiple years!
It is best to book an appointment when you begin to notice any signs that your pelvic floor is not working as it should.