Pelvic floor physiotherapy involves internal and external assessment and treatment of the pelvic floor muscles. Those muscles are located between the hip bones and the sacrum, and they serve as a bowl to support the pelvic organs including the bladder, colon and uterus.
Pelvic floor physiotherapy can include treatment of
- urinary/fecal incontinence
- pre-post-natal consultation
- perimenopausal/menopausal symptoms
- neurogenic bowel/bladder and constipation
- sexual dysfunction/pain
- painful scars after childbirth/surgery
- diastasis recti
- persistent sacroiliac joint or low back pain
and/or managing pelvic conditions such as: pelvic inflammatory disease, adenomyosis, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, vulvodynia, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, or any type of gynecologic cancer.
What does treatment look like?
Treatment may include, but is not limited to the following observation, vaginal and rectal palpation, use of vaginal weights, vaginal or rectal sensors for biofeedback and/or electrical stimulation, ultrasound, heat, cold, stretching and strengthening exercises, soft tissue and/or joint mobilization and educational instruction.
Potential benefits may include an improvement in my symptoms, increased strength, awareness, flexibility, and endurance. I may experience decreased pain and discomfort. I should gain a greater knowledge about managing my condition and the resources available to me.