What is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?
So, what if these muscles are Too Tight? Too Weak?
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that run from your tailbone at the back to your pubic bone at the front. You can think of them as the bottom of a basket that supports your internal pelvic organs – like your bladder, uterus/prostate and rectum.
This is where Pelvic Health Physiotherapists come in. We are highly trained physiotherapists that are specialized in treating pelvic floor dysfunction. The ultimate goal is to improve pelvic floor function and eliminate your symptoms through education, exercises, lifestyle changes, manual techniques and hands on treatment plan. This type of therapy involves treating a group of muscles that are involved with bowel, urinary, and sexual function.
Common Injuries Successfully Treated With Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
Will Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Help Me?
You may benefit from pelvic health physiotherapy if you are experiencing any of the following issues:
Tight pelvic floor muscles can be one of the common causes for painful intercourse. This tension can be from stress, your posture, previous birth(s) etc.
Leakage of urine while coughing, jumping or sneezing can often be associated with weak pelvic floor muscles.
Occurs when there is a dysfunction of the support of the pelvic floor. Pelvic health physiotherapists commonly treat and guide through treatment modalities.
Chronic Pelvic Pain
This chronic pain, burning or pressure in the pelvic region can occur for a variety of reasons, including muscle tightness, joint dysfunctions and nerve sensitivity or entrapment in the pelvic floor region.
A frequent need to pee that disrupts your regular routine, or urge urinary incontinence, can be addressed by pelvic health physiotherapy.
Whether it’s about your overactive bladder or your bowel control, there’s a wide range of incontinence – it’s important to see a pelvic health physiotherapist for individualized assessment and treatment options.
Meet Our Physiotherapists
Talk to your Physiotherapist about your condition and get back to doing what you love… pain-free.
Online Treatment Also Available
Although Video Consultations aren’t a new service, it may be new to you. And you may have some concerns or questions that need to be answered before you start treatment. Consider our no charge video consult where you will get all of your questions answered by a registered physiotherapist.
5 Pelvic Floor Exercises for Women in Calgary NW
By working on pelvic floor exercises you can lower your risk for pelvic organ prolapse, have better bladder control, fecal incontinence / bowel incontinence, better sex, and a better recovery following childbirth. Please remember these exercises are general and may not be appropriate for your condition. Consult your pelvic health physiotherapist first to determine which exercises are best.
1. Pelvic Floor Muscle Contractions (formerly known as Kegels)
Sit in a comfortable position and think about the muscles that stop urine flow. Tighten these muscles. Hold it for 5 seconds – it should feel like you are squeezing and lifting these muscles. Then release the muscle- it should feel like you are letting go. Repeat 10 times.
Lie down on your back, knees bent, and feet flat on the floor about hip-width apart. Contract the buttocks and pelvic floor to lift the buttocks off the floor.
Hold this position for 5–10 seconds. Relax back down to the floor. Repeat up to 10 times. Rest and then perform up to 2 additional sets.
Stand with the feet hip-width apart, keeping them flat on the floor. Squat down, pushing hips back like you are sitting on a chair.
Focus on tightening the buttocks, pelvic floor and abdominals while standing up. Repeat this exercise 10 times. Rest before performing any additional sets.
4. Quick Contract
Sit in a comfortable position and think about the muscles that stop urine flow. Squeeze and release those muscles quickly. Repeat 5-10 times in a row if you are able to. Make sure when you release the muscles you release them all the way.
Keep your shoulders back, relaxed and maintain a neutral pelvis. Look at the diagram above. It may be worth having someone take a picture of you so you can make any adjustments that you may need.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
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