What is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?
Pelvic floor physiotherapy is the specialized area of physiotherapy that treats and improves function of the pelvic floor. The primary goal of pelvic floor physiotherapy is to improve the overall strength and functionality of the pelvic floor muscles. This involves assessment and treatment of the pelvic floor muscles internally and externally by a Registered Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist.
What Does Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Treat?
Dysfunctions that are treated with pelvic floor physiotherapy include:
Yoga Mamas has a team of specially trained pelvic floor physiotherapists that work with you to prepare your pelvic floor for labour and delivery and also to rehabilitate these muscles following birth.
Each appointment takes place in a private room in our wellness centre. Your first appointment involves both an initial assessment and treatment and is 60 mins in length. During this time your pelvic floor physiotherapist will discuss your pelvic floor health, what your goals are, and then put together a treatment plan that works for you. There will be plenty of time for you to ask questions. Sometimes pregnant mamas or new mamas only need to come in for an initial assessment and treatment, some times follow up treatments are required. Each follow up treatment is 30 mins in length.
I'm Pregnant, When Should I See a Pelvic Floor Physio?
Prenatal pelvic floor physiotherapy focuses on preparing the pelvic floor for delivery of the baby while preventing or limiting the damage. We recommend mamas in pregnancy come for their initial pelvic floor physio assessment and treatment after 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Prior to delivery of the baby the weight placed on the pelvic floor continues to increase through the pregnancy. Your trained pelvic floor physiotherapist can help you strengthen the pelvic floor to prevent common issues during pregnancy which can include:
I just had my baby. When Should I See a Pelvic Floor Physio?
At 6 weeks postpartum, most mamas are given the “all clear” signal from their primary healthcare provider to resume regular activities. However, without proper rehabilitation of the muscles, new mamas can have trouble getting back to their usual routines. The muscles of the pelvic floor are stretched, strained and often torn during the pregnancy and birth process. This is when you should book your postpartum pelvic floor physiotherapist appointment.
Your pelvic floor physiotherapist will work with you to strengthen your pelvic floor and guide you back to regular activities and exercise. They will also look for a diastasis (separation of the abdominal muscles) and help restore the core. Finally, a very common issue postpartum is pain with intercourse. This often occurs as a result of scar tissue and hypersensitivity of the muscles following tearing and/or stretching. Your specially trained pelvic floor physiotherapist will help soften the scar tissue and desensitize any hypersensitive areas to help resume pain-free intercourse.
Have more questions? A member of our Front Desk Team would be happy to assist you. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416 406 0116.
PELVIC FLOOR PHYSIOTHERAPY AT YOGA MAMAS
All Yoga Mamas pelvic floor physiotherapy treatments are performed by Pelvic Health Physiotherapists specializing in prenatal and postnatal care.
A registered receipt will be provided which may be eligible for coverage under your health care benefits.
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