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 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. This can affect your bladder and bowel control, leading to incontinence (leakage) or prolapse.
You may have pelvic floor muscles that overactive; that is, they can switch on involuntarily when they should be relaxing. You may need to learn to release these muscles.
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
Pelvic health conditions often present in conjunction with musculoskeletal pain such as hip, back, or shoulder pain. As physiotherapists, we are trained to assist with:
- Low back pain
- Foot pain and plantar fasciitis
- Scar tissue management
- TMJ dysfunction
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chronic and persistent pain conditions
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.