Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation involves the assessment and treatment of the deep pelvic floor muscles that can lead to a variety of problems including pelvic pain, back pain, incontinence and prolapse. The pelvic floor muscles can become dysfunctional throughout many stages of our lives and can affect both females and males.
Pelvic floor dysfunction can include:
Hypotonicity (Weak pelvic floor muscles) – which can contribute to:
Pelvic organ prolapse – includes the bladder, uterus, bowels that may present as heaviness or pressure down there
Hypertonicity (Tight and overactive pelvic floor muscles) – which can lead to:
Urge incontinence – Strong, uncontrollable need to void the bladder resulting in leaking
Increased urge and/or frequency – Strong and immediate urge to void the bladder; Voiding more the 8 times a day often in small amounts
Chronic Pelvic, Low Back or Hip pain
Dyspareunia (Painful sexual intercourse)
Vaginismus (Pain with vaginal penetration including sexual intercourse, manual penetration, tampon insertion)
Vulvodynia (Chronic pain and sensitivity around the vulva area)
Interstitial Cystitis or Bladder pain syndrome (Chronic bladder health issues including pain and pressure without infection)
Chronic non-bacterial Prostatitis (Chronic pelvic pain condition and urinary incontinence in males not relating to a bacterial infection)
What to expect with your assessment and treatment
You will be sent an intake questionnaire via email prior to your appointment that we request you complete before the day of your appointment. This will better help guide the clinical assessment and treatment process.
As pelvic health problems often results from dysfunction of the pelvic floor muscles, it is important that Hannah is able to assess these muscles specifically to accurately diagnose and treat the problem and symptoms you are experiencing. This is done by performing an internal vaginal assessment in females and an internal rectal assessment in males. This is a very private, intimate and vulnerable area for many and as such the utmost respect, care and professionalism is conducted during the exam to make sure you feel as comfortable and supported as possible throughout the exam. Following the assessment, the findings and recommended treatment will be discussed with you.
Your initial Pelvic Floor assessment will be scheduled for 1 hour and follow-ups will be scheduled for 45 minutes.