Women's Health

What is women’s health physiotherapy?

Women’s health physiotherapy refers to disorders that are specific to women during various phases of life ranging from adulthood, pregnancy, post-partum, menopause and old age. This also includes rehabilitation post-surgery and post-cancer diagnosis/treatment.

 

What are some of the conditions we treat?

  • Osteoporosis
  • Bowel/Bladder Dysfunction
  • Pre- and post-cancer muscle dysfunction
  • Pelvic pain / Perineal pain / pelvic instability
  • Pre- and post-surgery (hysterectomy/pelvic surgery/breast surgery)
  • Lymphedema
  • Diastasis recti
  • Tail bone pain
  • Low back pain
  • Sacroiliac dysfunction
  • Pre- and post-natal pain and dysfunction

 

What are the common symptoms experienced by women with pelvis health issues?

Pain is the most common symptom reported by women with pelvic health issues. Low back pain or pelvic pain with sustained sitting, cycling, during sexual intercourse and swimming are few of the problems where there may be pelvic floor dysfunction. Pain unattended can alter functions of muscles, joints, and increase nervous system sensitivity thereby resulting in change in strength, mobility and posture. Involuntary loss of urine is considered as incontinence, there are various types of incontinence like stress, urge, mixed. Weakness in pelvic floor muscles can lead to incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.

 

How physio can help

Women’s health physiotherapy is a specialized area focusing on treatment and management of women’s health issues. Physiotherapists treating pelvic floor disorders are called pelvic health physiotherapists. Your women’s health physiotherapist helps you identify the factors determining the problem. They can help with pain reduction, function and mobility, and strategies to help cope with pain. A detailed external and internal examination can be required to determine the physical factors associated with the given condition, and they are specially trained pelvic floor therapists.

They do treatments like but not limited to

  • Pelvic Floor Muscle Strengthening and education
  • Biofeedback
  • Muscle stimulation
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Bladder Training
  • Core Stabilization
  • Manual Therapy
  • Exercise Prescription

 

Look for physiotherapists with specialized credentials. Your pelvic health physiotherapist should be a member of the College of Physiotherapists in your province to perform this controlled activity; you can verify this by checking here.

 

Please click here for the list of women’s health specialists in Canada.

 

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