What is Pelvic Health Physiotherapy?
Pelvic health physiotherapy is a specialization within manual physiotherapy that focuses on the pelvic girdle, low back and hips. The muscles, ligaments, joints, and connective tissues will be assessed and treated internally and externally.
Who Should See a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist?
Individuals who suffer from any of the following:
- stress or urge incontinence
- urinary frequency
- painful intercourse
- pain associated with endometriosis
- hip, low back or sacroiliac joint pain
- persistent pelvic pain
When Should You See a Pelvic Health Specialist?
Pelvic health physiotherapy has been supported as the fist line of defense in treatment of incontinence, and pelvic pain. It is a non-invasive form of treatment that should be considered prior to more invasive treatments such as surgery.
In the postpartum population it is recommended approximately six weeks after giving birth.
Why an Internal Exam?
An internal exam (palpation beyond the vagina and/or rectum) is necessary to properly assess and treat the structures of the pelvic floor since these are internal muscles that can not be palpated externally.
Is a Referral Necessary for Pelvic Health Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapists are primary healthcare practitioners and do not need a referral; however we always suggest inquiring with you private insurance company to see if a doctors referral is necessary for reimbursement.