Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy in Waterloo
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
Solutions for your pelvic floor issues to give you the confidence to enjoy everyday activities.
How does pelvic floor physiotherapy help?
The pelvic floor muscles form a 'sling' to support the organs inside the pelvis—bladder, bowel (colon), uterus. Proper function of these muscles can be disrupted by surgery, heavy lifting, being overweight, childbirth, constipation or menopause, affecting bladder and bowel control, leading to incontinence (leakage) or prolapse. Physiotherapists are experts in muscle function, tone, and strength, and therefore have the expertise to to help with these and many other pelvic floor conditions.
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Services
Pelvic floor physiotherapy can help mange symptoms that many women experience with pregnancy. This can include:
- Diastasis rectus abdominus
- Constipation, haemorrhoids, pain with bowel movements, fecal incontinence or urgency
- Low back pain, hip pain, sacral pain, tailbone and or coccyx pain
- Urinary incontinence, frequency, painful urination, incomplete bladder emptying
- Painful intercourse, organs or sexual stimulation (Dyspareunia and vaginismus)
- Pelvic girdle pain, sacral (SIJ) pain, and pubic symphysis pain
- Bladder pain
Labor and Delivery
Pelvic health physiotherapy can help prepare women mentally and physically for the challenge of labor, delivery and recovery
- Education for beneficial birthing positions
- Pain management
- Body awareness and relaxation during pregnancy and delivery
- Techniques to avoid perineal trauma
- Breathing education for labour and delivery
Pelvic health physiotherapy can assist women with recovery from natural vaginal delivery as well as cesarean delivery
- Healing of rectus diastasic
- Postural correction
- Proper lifting and postural positions
- Rehabilitation of pelvic floor muscles and core coordination
- Incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and painful intercourse
Male pelvic pain
It's not uncommon for men to have pelvic floor issues and pelvic pain. An assessment by a pelvic floor physiotherapist can help by looking for tension in pelvic muscles, joint restrictions, or nerve irritations. We may be able to help is you are experiencing:
- Pain in the penis, scrotum, anus/rectum, perineum
- Pain in the lower abdomen, groin, sacrum, tailbone
- Urinary urgency, frequency, difficulty urinating
- Constipation, difficulty or pain with emptying bowels
- Pain with or after ejaculation
- Erectile dysfunction
Prostate surgery prehab and rehab
During prostatectomy surgery, the internal urethral sphincter may be removed along with your prostate. This can cause leakage after your surgery. However, your pelvic floor muscles can be re-trained to act similarly to the lost sphincter. We can help you train these pelvic floor muscles to optimize their strength, endurance, and coordination in their new role. It's better to start your program before your surgery. A pelevic health physiotherapist can help you by:
- Providing exercises to restore strength of pelvic floor muscles
- Working on endurance, and flexibility of pelvic floor muscles
- Guiding you with proper pelvic floor muscle coordination with other core muscles
- Addressing voiding issues but providing education on toileting positions
Patient success stories
My friend recommended seeing Mira for pelvic floor physio and it was the best decision. She was so personable, calming and the only person who reassured me and took my health concerns seriously. With her expertise, she found that I had hypertonicity of my pelvic floor.
- AN, Google Review
I started with Mira ... to resolve complicated pelvic muscle issues. Mira analyzed my issue with a whole body approach. She assessed me knowing that one part of the body does not work in isolation from the others. She has me doing a home study to assist in deciding the best plan for tackling my recovery.
- MS, Google Review
I’m a prostate cancer survivor who underwent a radical robotic prostectomy... consequently I’m incontinent. The strengthening of my pelvic floor muscle over the last few months has had positive effects and improved my recovery continuing incontinence. Mira is willing to work with men who have an extremely embarrassing condition.
- DO, Client Testimonial
We follow a thorough process with each of our patients
What to expect
The first appointment consists of an assessment, this will include a through history taking of your complaints and symptoms and health history.
I aim to create a comfortable environment for you to feel zero hesitation to raise any concerns or ask questions about anything you want to know.
If I determine internal and external physiotherapy examination and treatments would be beneficial, I will only perform them with your consent.
An objective exam will be completed to look at your body at rest and with movement to evaluate various areas of the body that could be contributing to your condition.
Treatment may include exercises, biofeedback (electronic monitoring), and manual treatment of the pelvic floor muscles, advice about daily function and fitness, as well as good bowel and bladder habits.
You'll get peace of mind with a clear understanding of your diagnosis and a plan for recovery.