How Can Pelvic Health Issues Be Treated?
The pelvic floor muscles are part of your core. They are key stabilizers for your lumbar spine, hips, and legs during many activities of daily living. Through manual physiotherapy, individuals learn how to isolate and train their pelvic floor muscles to optimal function. Meet our Registered Physiotherapist, Midori Wickham.
You can expect a private room for a full assessment of the pelvis and associated structures, including positional and functional movement testing, manual palpation, and observation.
Physiotherapy assessments can provide a diagnosis, confirm a doctor or specialist diagnoses, and identify the issue’s probable source(s). The physiotherapist then tailors a treatment plan to the individual’s frequency and type of therapy needs.
Treatments often include a combination of manual therapy techniques, modalities, exercise prescription, education, and advice (dos and don’ts). The goal is always to treat the cause rather than the symptoms to achieve long-term relief.
Learn more about Pelvic Health Rehabilitation from the Cleveland Clinic.
Common Misconceptions About Pelvic Health
- “It is normal to have urinary leakage after childbirth or as one ages….”
FALSE – Urinary leakage is common, but NOT normal, after childbirth or as one ages. It doesn’t have to be this way.
- “I need a diagnosis from a doctor in order to make my physiotherapy appointment worth going to….”
FALSE – A diagnosis can be helpful but is not necessary because the physiotherapist will provide a complete assessment on the first session to determine the causes of symptoms.
- “I need a doctor’s prescription to book a physiotherapy appointment.”
FALSE – You do not need a prescription for physiotherapy to book or attend your physiotherapy appointment. However, some insurance companies require a prescription for physiotherapy for reimbursement or coverage. Therefore, check with your health insurance provider regarding their specific suggested procedure.
- “I am the only one with pelvic issues….”
FALSE – 3.3 million Canadians have urinary incontinence, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men. 30-40% of people have pelvic pain. 80% of people with pelvic pain or issues also report low back or hip pain.
- “I have had my pelvic health symptoms for years, and it cannot be helped now….”
FALSE – It is never too late to take control of your body!
What Do You Have To Gain By Improving Your Pelvic Health?
- Increased self-esteem
- Increased emotional status
- Freedom and confidence to engage in social activities
- Freedom and confidence to engage in physical activities
- Improved quality of life
If you would like more information on Pelvic Health, Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy or other forms of Physiotherapy, feel free to contact the team at Corbett Family Chiropractic today. We’re conveniently located at 490 Brant Street, just south of Caroline Street in downtown Burlington, Ontario. We offer free patient parking (behind the building), flexible hours (evening and Saturday appointments), and we welcome walk-ins.