Pelvic floor disorders refer to a broad range of complications and problems that happen due to improper functioning of pelvic floor muscles and ligaments. Most often, in pelvic floor dysfunctions, the tissues surrounding the pelvic organs may have decreased or increased sensitivity resulting in pelvic pain. Yet, many times, the primary cause of pelvic pain (pain in the lower abdomen)is difficult to be determined.
Millions of women in North America are affected by pelvic floor dysfunction. However, for most of them, the disease is not identified and therefore, remains untreated. According to statistics,1 in every 4 Canadian women suffer from some type of pelvic floor disorder such as urinary problems, constipation and pain with bowel movement, pressure or pain in the vagina or rectum, pelvic floor muscle spasm, pelvic floor organ prolapse, and urinary incontinence.
Pelvic floor disorders can considerably effect quality of life, and can significantly decrease an individual’s overall confident.
Physiotherapists who are specialized in designing rehabilitation regimens for treating pelvic floor dysfunctions, can successfully address problems associated with disorders of the pelvic floor region such as:
- urinary leakage
- dyspareunia (painful intercourse)
- constipation and problems associated with bowel
- abdominal pain
- coccydynia (pain in tailbone).
Treatment is individualized and patient concentrated.Physiotherapy treatment options may include:
- Internal and external myofascial release
- Electrical stimulation
- Trigger point release
- Bladder education and re-training
- Breathing exercises and relaxation
- Therapeutic exercises and heat/cold therapy
Note: There is no need of referral to book an appointment with a pelvic floor physiotherapist.