What is Pelvic Physiotherapy?
The pelvic floor is made up of three layers of muscles that connect from the pubic bone at the front of the pelvis to the tailbone at the back of the pelvis. They also connect side-to-side from one sitz bone to another creating a bowl at the bottom of the trunk to support all of our important abdominal and pelvic organs. This includes the bladder, bowel and in women, the uterus. The pelvic floor muscles assist with bowel, bladder and sexual function and serve as the base of the group of muscles referred to as the “core”. The pelvic floor muscles work with the deep abdominal muscles, deep back muscles and diaphragm to stabilize and support the spine. They also help control the pressure inside the abdomen to moderate downward forces when you lift or strain, such as during exercise.
Pelvic health physiotherapy is the first line of defence for individuals experiencing pelvic floor dysfunction. Pelvic pain and dysfunction impact a person’s well-being and quality of life, making pelvic physiotherapy a vital service.
Pelvic floor physiotherapists are Registered Physiotherapists who are specially trained to use internal (vaginal and rectal) hands-on techniques to provide the gold-standard method of pelvic floor muscle evaluation and treatment. When the pelvic floor muscles are assessed and treated this way the results are readily apparent.