A women’s health physiotherapist is specially trained to rehabilitate the pelvic floor muscles. Our physiotherapist can help to increase mobility and strength and reduce pain with manual techniques, gentle stretches, and exercise. This involves an assessment of the muscles, joints and connective tissues of the pelvis, low back, and hips. 

If you’re experiencing any of the following, you’ll likely respond well to pelvic health rehabilitation: 

  • Stress incontinence (urine leakage with laughing, coughing, or exercise)
  • Urgency and frequency of urination
  • Pelvic pain
  • Postpartum recovery
  • Diastasis recti
  • Birth reparation
  • Pelvic organ prolapse

A general assessment starts with detailed discussion of your current concerns, bowel and bladder function, and pelvic goals. At Optimize, every assessment is unique as we align our work with the individual’s needs.

If an internal exam is required, we give you privacy to change and a sheet to drape over your lower half. Although an internal exam is the most accurate assessment of pelvic floor activation and tone, certain clients won’t get one (e.g. pregnant or comfort level). If you prefer, we can do external alternative assessments and go from there. 

As each client’s issues are truly unique, treatments vary. However, they do often include myofascial release, aiming to stretch and relax tight muscles. This may include working on the back and hip muscles, as well as the internal release of pelvic floor muscles if necessary. Even though they seem different, pelvic floor muscles are the same as any other muscle in the body—just like when you strain your hamstring and the muscle tenderness and tightness are relieved with massage, pelvic floor muscles also benefit from manual techniques.

Resources

Pelvic Health Brochure (3 MB)

Last Updated April 6, 2021