Pelvic health physiotherapy: a drug-free treatment option for millions

Pelvic health physiotherapy: a drug-free treatment option for millions

If you have been diagnosed with a pelvic health problem, physiotherapy is often the treatment of choice… yes, physiotherapy. The International Continence society has evidence stating that pelvic health physiotherapy should be the first line of treatment for stress and mixed urinary incontinence in women and men. Physiotherapy for urinary incontinence is effective 80-90% of the time.

Problems with the pelvic floor in both men and women can be linked to many things including diseases and disorders of the pelvic floor and hormonal changes. Other contributing factors include aging, injury to the area, participation in high impact sports, strenuous exercise, pregnancy, and childbirth. Pelvic health physiotherapy is a safe, drug-free treatment that has been proven effective by high-level research and is designed to treat the tissues, nerves, and muscles in the pelvic region.

Millions of Canadian men and women experience the symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction. Consider seeking the care of a qualified pelvic floor physiotherapist if you experience any of the symptoms below:

  • Incontinence – Leakage of urine or feces.
  • Urgency – A strong urge to urinate or defecate.
  • Frequency – Having to urinate so often that it disrupts your usual daily routine.
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain – pain, burning or pressure in the pelvic region.
  • Constipation – difficulty passing stools
  • Painful Intercourse
  • Nocturia – waking often at night to urinate

Common Pelvic Health Conditions that are improved or resolved through pelvic health physiotherapy include:

• Incontinence – can be fecal or urinary
• Urinary urgency, retention, hesitation, frequency
• Pain with bowel movements or urination
• Overactive bladder
• Pelvic organ prolapse
• Constipation
• Levator Ani syndrome
• Painful Intercourse
• Pain in areas of the vagina )
• Persistent genital arousal disorder
• Interstitial cystitis
• Painful Bladder Syndrome
• Endometriosis
• Pelvic pain
• Tailbone pain/Coccydynia
• Pudendal Neuralgia
• Low back pain
• Hip pain
• Sacroiliac (SI) joint pain
• Pre-Natal care
• Postpartum care

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