Let's have a discussion about "down there". Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist are physiotherapist that are trained to assess and treat of the women's and men's pelvic floor muscles. Find out more on how we approach sexual health, bowel and bladder function.
What is considered chronic/persistent pain? Any pain that's been present past the normal period of healing, over 12 weeks. We have made tremendous leap into understanding this pain in the past few years. However, what we were learning in research, wasn't applied in the medical and rehab field. Find out more on how we should be treating pain.
Physiotherapists trained in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy are focused on assessing male and female pelvic conditions in order to treat pelvic floor muscle dysfunctions. We assess the nervous system, connective tissues, the strength and length of the pelvic floor muscles, severity of the incontinence, prolapsed grade, and muscle tone. We use evidence-based and biopsychosocial resources to develop goals and individualize treatment recommendations.
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Pelvic floor muscles have several functions, which are essential to maintain continence, support the pelvic organs, provide lumbar stability and improve sexual function. Proper strength, muscle length and coordination are required to avoid dysfunction
After a tissue is injured by some kind of physical trauma (i.e. sport injury, labour and delivery, surgery or repetitive movements from work) it should be fully healed between 4-12 weeks. Physiotherapists are exceptionally well trained to promote and support patient through this phase. But here's the truth, if your pain appeared one morning, or is persisting past this healing phase, our profession isn't well equipped to understand and help you. Physiotherapist that are trained in persistent pain understand that your pain isn't a tissue problem, it's so much more complex. We need stop giving you advice and start listening to your story. Understanding how this pain is impacting your life is the first step. Only then, can I start brainstorming with you an individual treatment plan that you can adhere to and succeed at achieving your goals.
You will be emailed a list of forms and a questionnaire to fill out before the initial assessment. This process will optimize the first visit and achieve my number one goal: to give you the most effective and efficient treatment, and precise prognostic to guide you towards your recovery.
The initial consult will include a thorough subjective intake. We then perform a screen for the lower back, pelvis and hip movements. For Pelvic Health Physiotherapy, a vaginal and rectal internal assessment needs to be performed to confidentially treat Pelvic Health Dysfunctions.
By the end of the first visit, you will have the knowledge to understand your pain or pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, a timeline to address your specific issue and exercises to start your journey to recovery.
I understand the courage it takes to consult a health professional about pelvic dysfunctions and persistent pain. It's always my privilege to welcome you and create a safe environment by listening without judgement to all of your concerns and ask for your consent at every step of the assessment.