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Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

 

What is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?

You may be wondering what the difference is between pelvic floor physiotherapy and standard physiotherapy. Pelvic floor physiotherapy is a specialized area of physiotherapy that involves the muscles that line the inside of the pelvis. Physiotherapists must undergo specialized training in order to treat conditions of the pelvic floor muscles. Pelvic floor physiotherapy involves vaginal and/or rectal palpation in order to properly assess and treat the pelvic floor muscles.

Whether you have been referred for pelvic floor physiotherapy by your doctor or if you think that it is something that could benefit you, our pelvic floor physiotherapist at Studio Athletica has extensive training on how to professionally assess and treat pelvic floor conditions. With treatment plans based on your individual needs, our pelvic floor physiotherapist will help you get back to feeling like your best self.

 

What Can I Expect on My First Visit?

Our pelvic floor physiotherapist at Studio Athletica will complete a comprehensive assessment during your initial visit. With pelvic floor physiotherapy, it is important for the physiotherapist to gain a thorough understanding of your pelvic health history. An objective assessment will also be performed to examine the biomechanics and alignment of the spine, pelvis, and hips. In order to properly assess the strength and tension of the pelvic floor muscles, vaginal and/or rectal palpation will also be performed during the initial assessment.

Pelvic floor physiotherapists utilize a combination of manual based techniques, joint mobilizations, stretching and strengthening exercises tailored to your specific health care needs to treat the pelvic floor muscles and related dysfunction.

Pelvic floor physiotherapists utilize a combination of manual based techniques, joint mobilizations, stretching and strengthening exercises tailored to your specific health care needs to treat the pelvic floor muscles and related dysfunction.

 

 

Conditions Treated by Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

Pelvic floor physiotherapy involves the treatment of many conditions. Most pelvic floor dysfunctions can be grouped based on an individual having hypertonicity (muscles that are too tight) or hypotonicity (muscles that are too weak).

 

Common pelvic floor conditions include:

 

  • Prenatal and post-postpartum pelvic floor physiotherapy
  • Diastasis recti
  • Stress/urge urinary incontinence
  • Nocturia
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Constipation
  • Overactive bladder
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Dyspareunia
  • Vaginismus/Vulvodynia
  • Persistent Pelvic Pain
  • Pudendal Neuralgia
  • Coccydynia
  • Endometriosis/PCOS/Fibroids
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Bladder Pain Syndrome
  • Lower back pain

 

 

Signs That I May Need Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

  • I leak urine when I cough/laugh/sneeze/run
  • I am unable to control my urge to pee and may often leak before reaching the bathroom
  • I am pregnant and am experiencing pelvic pain, urinary leakage, and/or lower back discomfort
  • I am pregnant and want to prepare my body for delivery and prevent and/or limit damage to my pelvic floor muscles
  • I recently had a baby and am experiencing pelvic pain, urinary leakage, pelvic pressure, pain with intercourse, do not know when to return to exercise
  • I have pain and/or discomfort with sex
  • I have pelvic pain with tampons, PAPs, tight clothing and more
  • I have painful periods
  • I have feelings of pelvic pressure and can sometimes feel something when I wipe after going to the bathroom
  • I have pain in my tailbone and/or lower back

 

How Much Will Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Cost?

Pelvic floor physiotherapy is eligible to be covered under your health care benefits. At Studio Athletica, the cost is the same as a standard physiotherapy appointment as it’s important to us that our patients get the professional health care they need and deserve.

1hr initial appointment and treatment session is $125
1hr follow up treatment sessions are $125
30min follow up treatment sessions are $95

What is the Average Length of Treatment?

Following the initial assessment, our pelvic floor physiotherapist will determine an individualized treatment plan for you. The length and frequency of pelvic floor physiotherapy appointments will be determined at that point, taking into consideration patient’s availability and health care needs.

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