Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Downtown Toronto

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Downtown Toronto

Yonge and College Physiotherapy Toronto

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Downtown Toronto

Ace Physiotherapy in downtown Toronto offers Pelvic floor physiotherapy services for both females and males.  Pelvic health Physiotherapy is useful in the prevention and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction and pelvic pain.

This pain or dysfunction can be caused by either a tightness or weakness in the pelvic floor muscles or a combination of both, affecting the three primary functions of the pelvic floor muscles.

  1. Prevention of urinary and fecal leakage
  2. Providing stability to our back and pelvic girdle; and
  3. Support for our internal organs

It is important to note that incontinence is not a condition that occurs naturally with age, but rather often occurs due to a dysfunction in our pelvic floor musculature.

A qualified Physiotherapist specializing in this area can aid the individual by working one-on-one to find a personalized treatment that will not only improve the condition but help in maintaining its effectiveness long term.

What is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy used to treat?

It is vital in diagnosing the cause of your pelvic floor dysfunction to have an assessment with a qualified Physiotherapist who specializes in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy.

Hypotonicity – Pelvic floor weakness

  • Stress incontinence: involuntary urine leakage when sneezing, coughing,  laughing or performing exercise or lifting movements.
  • Urge incontinence: involuntary and sudden lack of bladder control.
  • Pelvic organ prolapse: protrusion at or near the vaginal opening.

Hypertonicity – Pelvic floor tightness

  • Urinary and fecal urgency: urgent and frequent use of bladder and bowels.
  • Urge incontinence: involuntary and sudden lack of bladder control.
  • Chronic pelvic pain: pain of varying frequency and intensity in the pelvic area.
  • Dyspareunia: pain during sexual intercourse.
  • Vaginisium: minor burning and/or tightness or complete closing of the vaginaduring sexual intercourse.
  • Vulvodynia: pain in the genital area, sometimes also causing throbbing, burning, stinging, itching and pain during sexual intercourse.
  • Pudendal neuralgia: pain is worse when sitting and can include burning, stabbing pain, heightened sensitivity and numbness. It can also result in pain during sexual intercourse and bowel movements,  and burning during urination.
  • Interstitial cystitis: frequent urination of small volumes and pain of the perineum. It can also cause pain of the pelvic area and during sexual intercourse.
  • Chronic prostatitis: frequency and urgency to urinate, blood in the urine, pain to urinate, pain in the abdomen, perineum, groin and lower back.

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Treatments:

A Physiotherapist specialized in the treatment of pelvic health will firstly use internal (if possible) to assess which muscles are tight, weak or a combination of both, and then will conduct an external examination to assess your current condition and the best possible treatment plan to not only overcome your current issues, but to maintain these positive results.

If you have a combination of both tight and weak pelvic floor muscles, your physiotherapist will work with you to firstly relieve the hypertonicity (tightness) of the muscles back to a normal level at rest and then work towards overall strength of the muscles, simultaneously resolving any hypotonicity (weakness) of the pelvic floor muscles.

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

How do these conditions develop?

Pelvic floor pain and/or dysfunction is caused by a tightness and/or weakness of the pelvic floor muscles, which are a group of muscles that join to the pelvic bone and sacrum at the front, back and sides. These muscles support the prostate, rectum, bladder and urethra, in women they also wrap around the vagina. When they are in a hypertonic or hypotonic state, they can cause pain and/or dysfunctions to the bodily functions of these areas, resulting in the conditions listed above.

In this series of pelvic health blogs, we will be further exploring the most common conditions treated with internal and external pelvic floor physiotherapy and how these techniques can aid in the treatment of pelvic health pain and dysfunction.

To book an appointment with one of our Pelvic Health Physiotherapists please call (416) 900-6653 or book online today!

About the Author

Brad SaltzBrad is a Registered Physiotherapist at Ace Physio, a highly respected Physiotherapy clinic in downtown Toronto. Ace Physio provides high quality one on one Physiotherapy that combined state-of-art technology such as; Shockwave Therapy, Laser Therapy, and Spinal Decompression with traditional Physiotherapy.View all posts by Brad Saltz