Surprising Things You Should Know About Pelvic Floor Therapy

//Surprising Things You Should Know About Pelvic Floor Therapy

Surprising Things You Should Know About Pelvic Floor Therapy

By |2019-06-18T12:44:16+00:00June 19th, 2019|Blog|

The pelvic floor is an incredibly important muscle group in the body. It’s responsible for supporting pelvic muscles, urinary and bowel function, sexual arousal and the ability to orgasm.

A lot of people suffer from chronic pelvic pain and a host of accompanying issues; from leaky bladders to constipation, sexual dysfunction and the inability to have sex. Issues with the pelvic floor can arise after injury, childbirth, exercise, menopause or sometimes nothing at all.

Pelvic floor therapy has proven to be beneficial in multiple cases, since it’s a holistic approach to managing an otherwise chronic and disruptive condition. At SEMI, we specialize in pelvic floor therapy, providing a comprehensive and holistic pelvic health program with some of the best trained pelvic health physiotherapists in Toronto.

It can be very beneficial to those looking to improve their mobility, fecal and urinary incontinence, and in treating pelvic organ prolapse. Similarly, it can make intercourse painless. Issues with the pelvic floor often go undiagnosed as doctors are not sufficiently trained in identifying them; gynecologists often misdiagnose pelvic floor pain.

If you’re suffering from ongoing or episodic pelvic pain and conventional medical treatment hasn’t worked, you might want to look into pelvic floor physiotherapy for the many benefits it offers, including:

  1. Treatment for myofascial pelvic pain that works by targeting specific trigger points in the pelvic floor. Trigger points can be active or latent and manifest in different symptoms according to whichever they are; symptoms can range from the aforementioned dysfunctions and pain, to immobility and motor dysfunction in the resident muscle.
  1. Medical exams can become much easier. For many, even getting a pelvic exam can be nightmarish. It’s painful and inexplicable, often mistaken for anxiety, which means patients suffering from pelvic pain don’t get the necessary diagnosis and treatment they need. Physical therapy is more intimate, working with patients on a one on one basis over a period of a few weeks or months. Pelvic floor therapy with SEMI includes Electric Muscle Stimulation, manual therapy, therapeutic exercises and education about the different factors such as posture and breathing that can go a long way for pelvic health.
  2. It can be performed in combination with other treatments. Physiotherapy can very well be the sole treatment, but it can also be coupled with more mainstream medical approaches or other sports medicine treatments like PRP. A holistic approach to healing is the best way forward!

Pelvic floor physiotherapy is a flexible and diverse treatment option for anyone seeking help. Get in touch with us and consult our pelvic health physiotherapists around Toronto.

About: Dr. Douglas Stoddard is a sports medicine physician and is the Medical Director of the Sports & Exercise Medicine Institute (SEMI). After receiving his medical degree from the University of Toronto, he trained in Australia at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, obtaining his Master Degree in Sports Medicine. He is also a diplomat of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine and has his focussed practice designation in Sport Medicine from the Ontario Medical Association. Dr. Stoddard is a consultant to the Canadian Military and has consulted with well over 30,000 unique patients in his career. Dr. Stoddard is constantly searching for new and promising therapies to help SEMI patients, and is responsible for developing the RegenerVate Medical Injection Therapy Program. He is the proud father of two boys, is an avid triathlete and occasional guitar player.

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