Pelvic floor physiotherapy offered at our North York physiotherapy clinic is a special form of physiotherapy treatment by a specially trained physiotherapist. Pelvic floor physiotherapy includes internal and external manual examination and treatment techniques to evaluate and treat female and male pelvic floor dysfunction. It also includes education and exercise prescription.
Pelvic floor muscles are a group of muscles that attach to the front, back and sides of the pelvic bone and sacrum. A series of muscles, ligaments and other connective tissue from the structure called pelvic floor which sits at the bottom of your pelvis and supports organs of the abdomen such as uterus, bladder and sexual organs. These structures work together and stabilize the pelvis, sacrum and hip joints. They play an important role in urination, bowel movements, and sexual function. Like any other muscle groups in the body, pelvic floor muscles can be stretched, mobilized and strengthen to perform better and prevent injuries.
Any compromise of these muscles and ligaments can cause pelvic pain, incontinence, and sexual dysfunctions such as pain with activity. It is not uncommon to have a compromise of this structure’s function after pregnancy and giving birth.
Pelvic floor physiotherapist asses the integrity, strength and the function of these muscles and the nervous system and provides treatments and education to restore the function of pelvic floor muscles. Only a specially trained physiotherapist who has upgrading education and is registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario can perform pelvic floor physiotherapy.
Women and men who suffer from any of the following symptoms will benefit from pelvic floor physiotherapy. Pelvic floor muscle weakness can also contribute to lower back pain. Your health care provider or your physiotherapist is able to assess you and refer you to our pelvic floor physiotherapist.
Your pelvic health physiotherapist will take a detailed medical history and a list of your current complaints. Your assessment will also include an external and internal examination of pelvic floor muscles to assess the function of the pelvic floor, finding possible adhesions, the ability of muscles to contract and relax, etc. You may also be assessed for the lower back, hip and SI joints including muscles of your lower back and Gluteals.
After the assessment, the findings will be shared with you a treatment plan will be communicated to you which may include hands-on techniques to mobilize, release tension and relax muscles. Your treatment session will also include education on managing your symptoms with proper diet changes, pelvic hygiene, and exercises.
Occasionally an electrical stimulation device might be used to train your pelvic floor muscles in the clinic or for home use. Pelvic floor physiotherapy in Physiomobility is offered by a registered physiotherapist and is covered by most extended health benefit plans.
Physiomobility Pelvic & Women’s Health Centre is a division of Physiomobility Health Group that offers our patients a comprehensive, convenient, active approach to addressing health and wellness issues unique to women.
During pregnancy, we help pregnant women prepare their body for labor & delivery and manage lower back pain and Sciatica, edema and other complications. After childbirth, we assist new moms to properly manage common postpartum conditions such as Diastasis Recti, organ prolapse, and incontinence. We also offer preventive care for aging women to avoid conditions like incontinence and prolapse. Our Pelvic Health Physiotherapist commonly treats IBS, constipation and some other digestive and urological conditions. Although more known for women, Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy is not just for women, our therapists treat men with pelvic conditions and after surgeries such as Prostatectomy.
We provide Naturopathy and Acupuncture treatments focused on health issues unique to women of all ages. We also offer private and small group Pilates Barre, Mommy-Baby Pilates and pre-natal Yoga & Pilates as well as fitness classes for expecting or new moms and women who want to remain active in their retirement. Free educational workshops on topics related to women’s health are also offered by Physiomobility Pelvic & Women’s Health Centre.
At Physiomobility, all physiotherapy services including pelvic floor physiotherapy are provided by registered physiotherapists. If you have coverage through work or a private plan for physiotherapy, all or part of your treatment cost should be covered by your plan. We do not need a referral for pelvic floor physiotherapy. Occasionally, insurance payers may need a referral from a physician to reimburse your treatment cost. Our administrative team will assist you with direct billing to your insurance when your plan allows direct billing.