Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Our Physiotherapist provides treatment for stress and urge incontinence, post delivery of children, pre and post prostate surgery, and for pelvic pain post trauma. Stress incontinence occurs when physical movement or activity puts presure on your bladder. This happens when the pelvic floor muscles have weakened and the bladder has slipped lower. Stress incontinence is much more common in women and some precipitating factors including pregnancy and delivery, repeating lifting of heavy objects, prolonged coughing, obesity, repeated strain during urine or bowel movements and menopause. Approximately 20.4% of women, in Canada, reported dealing with stress incontinence.
The Physiotherapist will assess your pelvic pain and will use techniques to:
- Stretch painfully contracted muscles
- Reduce trigger points
- Strengthen weakened muscles
- Improve pelvic and lower back posture
- Improve motion in related joints
39% to 61% of women experience urinary incontinence during their first pregnancy, and half will remain incontinent at 8 weeks postpartum. One-third of those not incontinent during pregnancy will develop incontinence after childbirth. A Physiotherapist can help with stress incontinence by assessing the pelvic floor muscles and then providing strengthening exercises to help regain control of the pelvic floor muscles which support the bladder. Other techniques may include posture re-education, exercises for the abdominal and other "core" muscles, lower back and pelvic girdle mobilizations.