Pelvic Health Physiotherapy

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Pelvic Health Physiotherapy

Pelvic Health Therapy

Whether you want to be proactive during your pregnancy, are a runner that suffers from leakage, or struggling with pelvic pain postpartum, we can help.

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Pelvic Health Therapy

Pelvic floor physiotherapy is a specialized area within the scope of physiotherapy that requires additional training and certification. Utilizing both an internal and external approach, our pelvic health specialist will assess and work to optimize the function of your pelvic floor muscles to help get you back to feeling like yourself again.

Conditions

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy at our Calgary clinic can help you with:

  • Urinary incontinence (leakage)
  • Urgency
  • Constipation
  • Pelvic pain (Vulvodynia, Vestibulodynia)
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Prenatal or Perinatal
  • Low back pain and/or hip pain
  • Painful or difficult intercourse
  • Diastasis recti
  • Low back pain, tailbone, and/or hip pain
  • Painful or difficult intercourse (Dyspareunia)
  • Vaginismus
  • Interstitial cystitis (IC)
  • Bladder pain syndrome (BPS)
  • Endometriosis
  • Painful menstruation (Dysmenorrhea)
  • Hernias

Treatment Process

Assessment

Everything starts with a conversation. Our pelvic floor physiotherapist wants to understand your medical history, current concerns and their effects, and your goals to provide a treatment plan that is tailored for you. An external and internal exam will implement a full body and movement-based approach, in addition to a specific tone, strength, and functional assessment of the pelvic floor muscles.

Education

People are often not aware of what goes on “down there”. Be prepared to learn about the anatomy and function of the pelvic floor and how it relates to your specific concerns. 

Manual Therapy

Pelvic floor physio treatment sessions may include a combination of both internal and external manual therapy techniques selected on an individualized basis. Techniques may include stretching, needling, non-nociceptive input, myofascial release, massage, and coccyx mobilization. 

Exercise and Movement Therapy

Exercises will be personalized based on current functional levels and treatment goals. Examples include but are not limited to pelvic floor muscle strength training or relaxation, bladder retraining, functional core strengthening, use of pelvic wands or accommodators/dilators, and Hypopressive Exercise Training.

Resilience

Once you feel like you have regained some control, our goals can shift towards building and maintaining strength and capacity to help prevent a recurrence of your symptoms and keep you feeling your best for the long term.

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