What is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy is a specialty that focuses on the muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and fascia of the pelvic girdle. The pelvic floor muscles are a group of muscles that connect to the pelvis and sacrum acting like a sling to support your pelvic organs, providing stability for the lumbo-pelvic and hip joints, and maintaining urinary and fecal continence. Tara has specialized in pelvic health, enabling her to use internal and external techniques to assess and treat the pelvic floor and associated structures.
- Urinary urgency
- Stress, urge, and/or mixed incontinence associated with pregnancy, prostatectomies, menopause and hormonal changes
- Urinary frequency associated with pregnancy, prostatectomies, menopause and hormonal changes
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Hip, low back and sacroiliac joint pain that has not responded to traditional care
Types of Incontinence:
- Stress Incontinence: Involuntary loss of urine secondary to an increase in intra-abdominal pressure (coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting, exercise or transitional movements).
- Urge Incontinence: The sudden loss of bladder control secondary to a strong and overwhelming urge to go to the bathroom.
- Mixed Incontinence: Urine loss associated with increases in intra-abdominal pressure (stress incontinence) and with an intense urge to void (urge incontinence).
- Functional Incontinence: Urinary leakage which is associated with impairment of cognitive or physical function, psychological unwillingness or environmental barriers to the toilet.
- Overflow Incontinence: The bladder doesn’t empty normally and becomes very full (distended bladder). Constant loss of small amount of urine (dribbles).
Some signs and symptoms of Pelvic Organ Prolapse are:
- The feeling of pressure/heaviness in your vagina or rectum
- Difficulty initiating urine flow
- Difficulty emptying bowel or bladder
- Painful intercourse
- Urinary stress incontinence
- Pelvic pain that increases during long periods of standing