Having undergone more specialized education and training, our pelvic floor physiotherapists are able to provide life-changing care for some of your most troublesome problems. If you’re experiencing an issue with your pelvic floor such as incontinence or issues during intercourse, we know it can be embarrassing and painful, even just to talk about. A common misconception is that problems down there are “normal” or “just part of the aging process”, but they’re actually not.
These issues are typically caused by weak or spasming muscles. The good news is our caring and professional pelvic floor therapists know all about these muscles and they’re here for you making recovery possible.
Your physiotherapist will discuss the issue you're experiencing, your medical history, and any goals you have regarding treatment. A physical assessment will be done which may be both external and internal. An internal assessment isn’t always necessary, but is commonly practiced and ideal for many pelvic floor issues such as. We’ll explain the procedure so you know what we’re going to do and what we’re looking for. Of course, we understand if you’re uncomfortable with an internal exam and your comfort is our top priority.
After the exam is complete, your physiotherapist will discuss your personal treatment plan with you and answer any questions you may have before treatment begins.
Gain Your Muscles Strength and Function Back With Our Trusted Pelvic Floor Physio
Treatment options vary depending on each individual we see, but our customized treatment program commonly includes manual therapy, behavioural training, relaxation techniques, core strength training, biofeedback therapy, pelvic floor exercises, bowel retraining, dry needling and acupuncture.
Manual therapy for the pelvic floor focuses on the muscles, joints, and connective tissues that surround your organs. Therapy may be external as well as internal for the best results, but all therapies can be adjusted for your comfort.
We typically recommend and teach a pelvic floor physical exercise program so that you can make progress as fast as possible.
1. What is Pelvic Health?
Pelvic Health is an area of physiotherapy which focuses on pelvic conditions. Conditions common to pelvic health include:
- Urinary incontinence
- Lumbopelvic pain
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Pelvic floor dysfunction
- Overactive bladder
- Urinary leakage
- Bladder pain syndrome
- Fecal incontinence
- Interstitial cystitis
- Improper bowel control causing bowel leakages
- Loss of bladder control
- Perinatal Conditions
- Rectal prolapse
- Post-prostatectomy incontinence
- Perinatal complications such as tears during delivery, abdominal separation, etc.
- Painful intercourse
- Pelvic issues causing the sexual function
- Hip painCesarean delivery related pelvic conditions
2. How will Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Help Me?
The most common complaint of women in their 40s and 50s is urinary incontinence. It's not normal to leak urine while coughing, laughing, exercising or even sneezing. In fact, leaking urine is the number one reason why people seek medical help and that's where pelvic floor physical therapy comes in. It is the gold standard and an evidence-based approach to treatment when addressing issues like incontinence and prolapse.
3. What should I wear to my appointment?
You can wear your normal clothes to your appointment. You will be given a gown to change into if we do an exam.
Pelvic Floor Treatment Calgary
We know how important pelvic health services can be and how much poor pelvic health can get in the way of living your life. Take the next step and give us a call today to ask any questions or to book an appointment. Whether you’re pregnant or just had a baby and you need us to help you prepare or make sure everything looks healthy or you’re experiencing pain or other problems in the pelvic region, our pelvic health physiotherapists are ready to provide the best possible care.
What Can A Pelvic Health Physiotherapist Treat?
While coughing, laughing, sneezing or exercising
Urinary urgency or inability to hold during strong urges
Poor functioning pelvic floor muscles
Dysfunctions with urination
Urinating more than 8 times a day
Having difficulty initiating urination
Feeling that they have not fully emptied their bladder after urination
During or after bowel movements
With sexual intercourse or difficulty with penetration
Pelvic pain (vaginal, rectal or perineal)
Pelvic girdle, buttock, low back or coccyx
Poor bladder health
Problems in bladder emptying
Contact Our Experienced Pelvic Health Physiotherapists Today!
Patient fees for our pelvic health therapy are $140 for assessment and $100 per treatment.
How to Make an Appointment
Access to Pelvic Health Physio is an easy process when in Calgary. You do not need a doctor's prescription to see a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist.
2. Web: "Schedule an Appointment"
Yes, the clinics with AlbertaPT do direct billing if available.