SERVICES Pelvic Health Physiotherapy

Pelvic Health Physiotherapy is now available at Athlete's Care

Toronto Pelvic Health

Pelvic floor muscles function together to maintain urinary continence, bowel movements, lumbar stability, and sexual function. Many people with pelvic pain have pelvic floor dysfunction, but specifically, hypertonic muscles or muscles that are too tight. Alternatively they can have hypotonic muscles or weak pelvic floor muscles, or a combination of both, muscles that are too tense and too relaxed.

What is the pelvic floor?

The pelvic floor is the base of the group of muscles commonly referred to as your 'core'.  These muscles play an important role in bladder and bowel control and sexual sensation.

How can I tell if I have a pelvic floor problem?

Common signs that can indicate a pelvic floor problem include:

  • accidentally leaking urine when you exercise, play sport, laugh, cough or sneeze
  • needing to get to the toilet in a hurry or not making it there in time
  • constantly needing to go to the toilet
  • finding it difficult to empty your bladder or bowel
  • accidentally losing control of your bowel
  • accidentally passing wind
  • a prolapse (pressure, bulging or discomfort in the pelvic area)
  • pain in your pelvic area, or
  • painful sex

Who’s at risk of pelvic floor problems?

People who are most at risk of pelvic floor problems are:

  • pregnant women
  • women who have recently, or ever, had a baby
  • women who are going through, or have gone through, menopause
  • women who have undergone gynaecological surgery such as a hysterectomy
  • men who have undergone surgery for prostate cancer, and
  • elite athletes such as runners, gymnasts or trampolinists.

This risk is higher if you:

  • have a history of back pain
  • have ever experienced injury to your pelvic region
  • are constipated
  • strain when you go to the toilet
  • have a chronic cough or sneeze, including those linked to asthma, smoking or hayfever

How can Pelvic Health Physiotherapy help?

Even though pelvic floor challenges are common, they are treatable and you should not have to live with them. Pelvic health physiotherapy can help you regain control, maximize your function and recovery, and improve your well-being.  Research strongly supports pelvic floor physiotherapy as the first line of defense against incontinence and pelvic pain. Kegel exercises may not help everyone since the cause of pelvic floor dysfunction can be either muscle weakness or tightness. Sometimes they do more harm than good, and often are not performed correctly.

Specialized physiotherapists can evaluate and treat your pelvic floor dysfunction using manual therapy techniques externally and internally.

Meet our Pelvic Health Physiotherapist

Pelvic Health Physiotherapy is available at the Athlete's Care Mississauga location.  Physiotherapist, Katie Yamomoto is a registered Pelvic Health Physiotherapist and has taken numerous courses to assess and treat men and women with incontinence and a variety of pelvic pain conditions. She has a special interest in helping active individuals with incontinence, pelvic injury, or pain return to exercise. Click here to learn more about Katie.

Call Athlete's Care Mississauga at 905-275-0182 to book your Pelvic Health Physiotherapy appointment.

Please download and complete the following forms prior to your initial appointment.  Completed forms can be emailed in confidence to pelvichealth@athletescare.com or they can be printed and given to the Pelvic Health Physiotherapists on your first appointment.

Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Intake Form

Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Patient Consent Form