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"Pelvic Floor is the New Core"

Pelvic Physiotherapy


What is the Pelvic Floor?


The Pelvic Floor (PF) is an important group of muscles, nerves, and fascia that sit in the 'saddle' area of your pelvis. These muscles attach to the tailbone at the back of the pelvis, the pubic bone at the front of the pelvis, and the sitz-bones at the sides of your pelvis. Collectively, they play an important role in:


  • Controlling your bowel and bladder movements
  • Supporting your pelvic organs (bladder, uterus, rectum, and intestines)
  • Stabilizing the joints in your hips, pelvis, and low back
  • Enabling sexual function



What is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?


Because the pelvic floor is a group of muscles, like any other muscle in the body, it can become too tight, too weak, or uncoordinated. Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD) occurs due to one or a combination of the following:


  • HYPERTONICITY - Tightness in the pelvic floor
  • HYPOTONICITY - Weakness in the pelvic floor
  • IN-COORDINATION - Poor timing or coordination of the pelvic floor



How Can Pelvic Physiotherapy Help?


Pelvic Physiotherapists undergo specialized training to assess and treat the muscles of the pelvic floor. Using both internal (vaginal and/or rectal) and external examination techniques, a pelvic physiotherapist can diagnose pelvic floor dysfunction. 


During an examination, a Pelvic Physiotherapist will screen your core, low back, hips, and sacroiliac joints, assess your ability to contract and relax the pelvic floor muscles, and determine if there are any psychosocial factors contributing to your symptoms. No system works in isolation, and as such, it is important to understand how you are functioning as a 'whole person' in order to design an effective treatment plan.



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