What is Pelvic Health and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?

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We are proud to announce that Raphaƫle, one of our Resident Physiotherapists at Peak Form Physiotherapy in Mississauga, now offers pelvic health physiotherapy to cis-female clients!

Pelvic floor physiotherapy is a specialty within physiotherapy that focuses on the muscles, joints, connective tissues, and nerves of the pelvis, low back, and hips. The pelvic floor has 5 main functions:

  1. Allows us to stay continent - controls the opening of the urethra and rectum to maintain continence
  2. Supports our pelvic organs against gravity and increased intra-abdominal pressure
  3. Stabilizes the joints forming the pelvic ring i.e. sacroiliac, pubic symphysis, sacrococcygeal, lumbopelvic, and hip joints
  4. Allows for sexual function - accomodation, orgasm, blood flow, and erection
  5. Acts as a venous and lymphatic pump for the pelvis

When there is an issue with one or more of these main functions, pelvic floor physiotherapy can help address these issues. These dysfunctions may include some of these symptoms and conditions:

  • Pre-partum or post-partum related care encompassing issues such as incontinence, preparing for labour and delivery, painful sex, diastasis recti, low back pain, pelvic pain, or sacroiliac (SI) joint pain
  • Urinary incontinence (stress, urge, and/or mixed) during physical activity or activities of daily living
  • Urinary frequency or urgency
  • Pain during and/or after intercourse (dyspareunia)
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Coccydynia (tailbone pain)
  • Hip, low back, and sacroiliac joint pain that has not responded to traditional orthopedic treatment

If you're looking for a pelvic floor physiotherapist in Mississauga and Port Credit, contact us today to learn more and book a pelvic health physiotherapy assessment. Stay tuned for our next blog post addressing what to expect at your first pelvic health visit at Peak Form Physiotherapy!

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