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4 Things You Didn’t Know You Could See a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist For

Sarah Hull PT



Are you having concerns about your pelvic health and not sure if pelvic floor physiotherapy is right for you? Pelvic floor physiotherapy is a specialized area of physiotherapy that focuses on the muscles, ligaments and connective tissues that support the pelvic organs (bladder, bowel, uterus/prostate). In this blog post, we’ll explore 4 compelling reasons why you should consider visiting a pelvic floor physiotherapist.


ONE

During Pregnancy not just post-partum care

  • Pelvic floor preparation - as your baby grows, the weight and the pressure on the pelvic floor increase, strengthening and maintaining optimal pelvic floor function can prevent or alleviate these issues.

  • Pelvic pain management – during pregnancy, hormonal changes and the physical strain on the body can contribute to pelvic pain such as pelvic girdle pain or symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD), pelvic physiotherapy can provide targeted interventions such as manual therapy, gentle exercises and techniques to improve pelvic alignment, reduce pain and enhance your overall comfort.

  • Prep for labour and delivery – Labour and delivery requires strength and coordination of the pelvic floor muscles. Physiotherapy can help guide relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, birthing positions and perineal stretching and massage.

  • We recommend starting pelvic floor physiotherapy in your second trimester!

TWO

Addressing pelvic pain related to a specific condition like endometriosis and PCOS

  • Endometriosis and PCOS can contribute to pelvic floor dysfunction, which may manifest as tightness, spasms, or weakness in the pelvic floor muscles. These dysfunctions can cause pain and discomfort during sexual activity, digestive issues and constipation and bladder dysfunction.

THREE

Painful Intercourse – One potential reason for painful intercourse is pelvic floor dysfunction

  • Pelvic floor physiotherapy can give valuable insight to understand the tools to use to actively participate in your own healing journey. These treatments will help alleviate pain, restore comfort and enhance your overall sexual well-being.

FOUR

Men’s health – Pelvic floor physiotherapy offers significant benefits for men’s health as well. The pelvic floor muscles play a crucial role in bladder and bowel control, sexual function, core stability and prostate health and function.

  • For sexual health, erectile dysfunction can be caused by factors such as nerve damage or pelvic floor muscle tension and fatiguability, working with a pelvic floor therapist can help.

  • For those undergoing prostate surgery, such as a prostatectomy, pelvic floor physiotherapy is essential. Pre-surgical pelvic floor physiotherapy can help strengthen muscles, preparing them for surgery and promoting better post-operative outcomes. Post-surgical physiotherapy focuses on recovery and minimizing effects such as urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction.


Pelvic floor physiotherapy offers a multitude of benefits for individuals experiencing pelvic floor issues, regardless of age or gender. From addressing pelvic floor health during pregnancy, pelvic pain, painful intercourse or men’s health, a pelvic floor physiotherapist can make a significant difference in your life. Please contact us to learn more!



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