What we treat
What is pelvic health physiotherapy?
Pelvic health physiotherapists are specially trained to treat individuals with pelvic health disorders, whether women, men or children. We assess and treat a wide variety of complaints – ranging from urinary or bowel incontinence (leakage), difficulty urinating, constipation, sexual dysfunction and pelvic pain. Pelvic pain in men may be felt in the bladder, testicles, penis or rectum. In addition to rectal or bladder pain, women may experience pain in the vulva (external genitals) or vagina. They may also complain of a pelvic organ prolapse, when the bladder, uterus or rectum lose their support and ‘fall’ into the vaginal wall. Both women and men can have a diastasis rectus abdominis (a decrease in support of the central abdominal muscles) or have pelvic girdle pain, that include the coccyx (tailbone), sacroiliac (SI) joint or the pubic symphysis.
A pelvic health physiotherapist will evaluate your overall movement, strength, flexibility and areas of pain, as any physiotherapist might do. In addition to that, our advanced training allows us to assess the muscles and tissues of the pelvis internally, by way of a vaginal and/or rectal examination.