Pelvic Health aka Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Toronto
Women’s Pelvic Health aka Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Toronto
Women have very different anatomy, hormones and stresses on their bodies compared to men. This is important in the realm of Physiotherapy because these differences between the sexes can results in different injuries or different treatments for certain injuries. A major example of stress on the body that females experience and males do not, is pregnancy or childbirth. Physiotherapy can be used during pregnancy to help with back pain and to encourage an easier birth. Physiotherapy can also be an important tool in the treatment of urinary incontinence in women, commonly occurring post child birth, but also after menopause, or neurological injury (i.e. stroke, multiple sclerosis), or physical issues associated with aging.
In the 6 months following the birth of a child, it is important to take extra good care of your body. Women may not realize that the pregnancy hormones have softened the ligaments in the pelvis, while stomach muscles and pelvic floor muscles are stretched and weakened. Women are at a higher risk for injury at this point because the joints may not be well supported. Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy is extremely important for women postpartum in order to repair the damaged muscles and connective tissue of the pelvic floor.
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy:
The muscles of the pelvic floor go from the public bone to the tail bone. They support the bladder, bowel and uterus, and are responsible for helping you control urination, bowel movements and sexual functioning. Without strong pelvic floor muscles, women are not able to keep urine or feces in. If these muscles are too tight or too weak they can cause pain, urinary incontinence or anal incontinence. A physiotherapist that specializes in the pelvic floor can assess the pelvic floor muscles to determine the problems you may be having. Physiotherapists can give you exercises such as Kegel Exercises to help relax tight muscles, or strengthen the weak muscles of the pelvic floor.
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Can Be Used For:
• Urinary incontinence or bladder leakage
• Anal incontinence
• Perineal pain – The perineum is the area of skin that sits between the vagina and the anus.
• Pelvic pain – Women can have pain during sex or during bowel movements.
• Pelvic organ prolapse – As mentioned earlier, the pelvic floor supports the uterus, bladder and bowel. If the pelvic floor gets weak enough, one of the organs that it supports can fall out of place. A customized strengthening exercises for a prolapsed uterus and bladder will be created for the patient.