What is Pelvic Health Physiotherapy?

Pelvic floor physiotherapy involves all concerns relating to a person’s pelvic health. The pelvic floor muscle group is responsible for a variety of functions. These muscles support the pelvic organs, assist in bowel and bladder control and contribute to sexual arousal and orgasm. 

A person may be referred to a pelvic floor physiotherapist to treat incontinence, difficulty with urination or bowel movements, constipation, chronic pelvic pain, painful intercourse. Patients may even be looking for preventative treatment  and training if pregnant or exercising under high intensity situations like CrossFit or weightlifting.

A pelvic floor physiotherapist who carries out these assessments and treatments are highly trained and a sensitive professional who will discuss these issues with you to determine the best and most effective treatment plan to suit your lifestyle and comfort. 

Evidence repeatedly shows that the best assessment to determine pelvic floor function is an internal examination. It is the gold standard by which treatment of the pelvic floor has been carried out in Europe for over 30 years. When an internal assessment is conducted, research has shown that the treatments are more successful than if just verbally cued exercises and techniques are employed. 

Assessing the pelvic floor without doing an internal exam is like an orthopaedic surgeon or physiotherapist doing a knee exam through a pair of pants. Treating any other body part without touching the body part to see which muscles are tight, or weak and how the joints move would be unacceptable. 

Expect the gold standard at Integrative Health Institute for your assessment and treatment.