Women have unique health needs at different ages and stages of their lives. The motherhood stage of a woman’s life can benefit from both pre-natal and post-natal care. Health issues like incontinence can occur. As such, women need effective healthcare solutions geared towards their unique challenges.
Pelvic Floor Issues
The pelvic floor is the collection of muscles, nerves, blood vessels, connective tissue, and other organs in and around the pelvis. A strong, healthy pelvic floor is crucial for both bowel and bladder continence. However, surgery, aging, pregnancy and other issues can lead to compromised function of the pelvic floor muscles. These issues may include, but are not limited to, a loss of complete control over the bowels and/or bladder, pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction and pelvic organ prolapse (the protrusion of the bladder and other organs into the vagina).
Pelvic Floor Muscle Functions
The pelvic floor muscles are shaped like a bowl at the bottom of our abdominal container and perform the following critical duties:
- Support our internal organs (bladder and rectum, uterus in women, prostate in men)
- Act as a STOP and GO light for bladder and bowel function
- Have a major impact on our sexual function
- Stabilize our spine as they work with deep core muscles
- Help our circulatory system get the blood and other body fluids from the legs back towards the heart
The Physioactive Approach
At Physioactive, we have pelvic floor physiotherapists who are dedicated to providing our female patients with outstanding professional care at every stage of their lives. Their expertise covers a broad spectrum of women’s health conditions ranging from incontinence to pre- and post-natal care. Only a specially trained physiotherapist, who has advanced education on pelvic floor physiotherapy and who is also registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, is permitted to perform pelvic floor physiotherapy.
We can treat sensitive areas and issues related to:
- Pelvic Pain Conditions (as a result of pelvic dysfunction)
- Dyspareunia (pain with intercourse)
- Urinary Incontinence
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Prenatal and Postpartum Pelvic Health
RECTAL & BOWEL CONDITIONS:
- Incontinence (fecal)
- Extensive 1-hour Initial Assessment
- Detailed history intake of patient’s pelvic issues
- An examination may include both an internal and external examination
- Individualized treatment sessions, 30 – 45 minutes in duration
- Recommended 4 – 8 treatments typically 1x/week* (varies from patient to patient)
- Outcomes rely on treatment compliance and active patient participation
WHAT DOES THE TYPICAL TREATMENT ENTAIL?
After a detailed questionnaire and physical examination of your pelvic area (External and Internal if needed), your pelvic floor therapist will discuss the findings with you and plan a treatment program to best suit your needs. Your treatment will include education on managing your symptoms with a home exercise program provided for you to work on. Your therapist may also suggest the use of different techniques to complement your exercise program. These techniques may include:
- Manual (hands on) techniques performed by therapist on the surface of the muscles in the pelvis, to help you locate and work your weak pelvic muscles correctly.
- Electrical Stimulation: occasionally, a metallic probe can be used to stimulate your pelvic floor with a mild electric current to help you localize and strengthen these muscles.
- Biofeedback: The same probe can also be used to read the activity of your pelvic floor muscles for display on the screen as you do your exercises. This will allow you to see how well you are performing your exercises. No electric current is felt during biofeedback.