Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Kitchener, Waterloo & Elmira, ON

Pelvic Health Physiotherapy (KW Pelvic Health)

Pelvic rehabilitation is a relatively new area of physiotherapy that many people may not be familiar with. A trained physiotherapist can use pelvic health physiotherapy to help you reduce or completely eliminate the pain and symptoms associated with several types of conditions. Chronic pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, and pain after abdominal surgery are just a few of the problems that can be treated with this type of therapy. Call us today to learn how we can help you relieve pain and improve physical functioning through the use of pelvic floor rehab.

What is Pelvic Health Physiotherapy?

Pelvic rehabilitation is a type of therapy for strengthening the pelvic floor muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Muscles in the pelvic area sometimes become tight or weak, leading to a variety of painful or debilitating ailments that can affect your daily life. A physiotherapist will provide a musculoskeletal examination to determine what specific type of treatment you’ll need. The therapist will also likely want to get as much of your medical history as possible.

Pelvic floor physiotherapy would include a combination of manual therapy as well as technological therapies such as biofeedback and electrical stimulation. Specific treatments would involve several types of exercises and relaxation techniques. You may also be given a home program that includes a list of therapeutic exercises you’ll need to follow. There are other types of physiotherapy services the therapist may provide besides treating injury and pain. A trained therapist who specializes in pelvic rehabilitation may also provide proactive and preventative treatment such as preparing a woman for childbirth. .

What Techniques are Used?

There are several specific techniques a therapist may use during a pelvic floor physiotherapy session. The type of exercises and methods your physiotherapist uses will depend on the treatment plan created to address your particular condition.

Postural Exercises – These types of exercises specifically improve posture and muscles affecting posture. Large therapy balls or medicine balls may be incorporated into your exercise routine.

Myofascial Exercises – Myofascial pain can result from trigger points located all over the body. Myofascial exercises will target the pelvic floor muscles and the connecting fascia. Stretches, massages, and bouts of light exercise may all be part of the treatment prescribed by your physiotherapist.

Diaphragmatic Breathing – Deep breathing exercises can help relax muscles in the pelvic area. Deep breaths allow your diaphragm to slowly contract and expand. This in turn causes muscles in the pelvic floor to drop and lengthen.

Relaxation Techniques – There are several techniques your therapist can use to help you relax. A few include guided imagery and biofeedback. Once relaxed, it will make it easier for your therapist to massage and stretch your muscles.

What Conditions Can it Treat?

Pelvic floor physiotherapy can be beneficial for those suffering from several types of conditions. Pelvic dysfunction often

includes several of the following:

  • Postpartum Conditions – Some new mothers may experience strained muscles and connective tissue damage in the pelvic floor. Pelvic floor rehabilitation can strengthen these tissues and muscles and reduce any associated pain.
  • Constipation – Through pelvic floor rehab your muscles in the pelvic and anal area can be loosened and relaxed. This will often help relieve or eliminate constipation.
  • Endometriosis – Bones, ligaments, muscles, and nerves in the pelvic region can all be affected by the progression of endometriosis. Pelvic floor physiotherapy can help lessen pain and bloating associated with endometriosis while also strengthening pelvic floor muscles.
  • Urinary Frequency or Leakage – A physiotherapy program will deal with the root causes of urinary problems. You’ll strengthen the muscles under your bladder instead of just treating symptoms.
  • Pain after Abdominal Surgery – Pelvic floor therapy can be effective in reducing pain after several types of surgeries. Treatment can help break up scar tissue, regain range of motion, and improve strength.

These are just a few of the many conditions pelvic floor physiotherapy can relieve or eliminate. Painful intercourse may also be improved with pelvic therapy.

Getting Treatment

A trained physiotherapist can help you find relief from a variety of ailments related to pelvic conditions. He or she will likely assist you with several forms of exercise and massage to reduce pain, lessen symptoms, and potentially heal your condition. A qualified therapist will evaluate your condition and form a treatment plan that will address your specific needs. physiotherapy services can help you achieve relief from problems you’ve been struggling with for many years.
Your pelvic floor muscles, tendons, and ligaments are extremely important as they support the core of your body. The goal of physiotherapy is to provide relief from your pelvic symptoms, improve flexibility, relieve pain, and increase your overall functionality. Depending on the type of injury or condition, physiotherapy may be needed for several months. Contact us for more information regarding how pelvic floor rehab can work for you.


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Pelvic Pain (what we treat category by itself yes?)

Pelvic pain can be debilitating and affect many aspects of one’s life. The term encompasses a host of conditions including pain with intercourse, pubic symphysis pain and perineal pain. It can come from a past injury, for example tearing during childbirth or a fall. It can include pain that has recently come on or pain that’s been lasting for months or years.

The role of the pelvic floor physiotherapist is to assess and treat your pelvic pain. We use a combination of manual therapy to release tight muscles or trigger points, break up scar tissue or facilitate a weak muscle. We also use exercise, education and a home exercise program that is tailored to your individual needs and compliments the physiotherapy you receive. Please refer to our page on Pelvic Health Physiotherapy for more information.

  • BELMONT CLINIC

    Belmont Centre for Physical Medicine
    564 Belmont Avenue West, Suite 301
    Kitchener, Ontario N2M 5N6

    Phone : (519) 743-4355 Fax : (519) 743-6787 belmont@sosphysiotherapy.ca

  • ELMIRA CLINIC

    Behind Wellness Centre ( Clock Tower )
    3 Wyatt Street East, Suite 2
    Elmira, Ontario N3B 2H4

    Phone : (519) 669-1212 Fax : (519) 669-0800 elmira@sosphysiotherapy.ca

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    University of Waterloo Student Life Centre
    200 University Avenue West
    Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1

    Phone : (519) 884-0767 Fax : (519) 884-9161 campus@sosphysiotherapy.ca