Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy in Edmonton
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy for Women and Men
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 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
Our Pelvic Floor Physiotherapists
Mira Jindani, MScPT
Your first pelvic health appointment
The first appointment consists of an assessment, this will include a through history taking of your complaints and symptoms and health history. I will take a full history of your bladder and bowel function, sexual function and medical and surgical history. I will also be interested in your fitness activities. 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.
Posture, breath and functional movement patterns all play a role in how our body functions, and I will evaluate all of this during your assessment. Depending on your condition and complaints, I may obtain consent from you to perform an internal pelvic assessment to determine the muscle tone, tension and function.
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.
I have taken extensive specialized courses in pelvic health physiotherapy to be trained to perform internal pelvic examinations. Treatment for pelvic health conditions may involve internal and external manual techniques. If I determine internal and external physiotherapy examination and treatments would be beneficial, I will only perform them with your consent. 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.