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.
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.
Common signs that can indicate a pelvic floor problem include:
People who are most at risk of pelvic floor problems are:
This risk is higher if you:
Even though pelvic floor challenges are common, they are treatable and you should not have to live with them. Pelvic health treatment can help you regain control, maximize your function and recovery, and improve your well-being. Research strongly supports pelvic floor treatment 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.
The practitioners offering this program are Registered Physiotherapists who have taken numerous courses specialzing in Pelvic Health and have gain the knowledge and ability to assess and treat men and women with incontinence and a variety of pelvic pain conditions. They have a special interest in helping active individuals with incontinence, pelvic injury, or pain, return to exercise.
Pelvic Health is available at the following Athlete's Care locations:
Pelvic Floor Consultation: 1 hour session for $150.00
Pelvic Floor Follow-Up: 30 min session for $90.00
Athlete's Care Mississauga - 905-275-0182
Athlete's Care in the Beach - 416-691-6661
Athlete's Care Scarborough - 416-479-8686
Athlete's Care Yonge & Eglinton - 416-544-9065