What can I expect during my consultation with a pelvic floor physiotherapist?
Your pelvic floor physiotherapist will take a thorough history and discuss your symptoms. They will need to ask you questions such as how long you’ve been suffering from your symptoms, how often you suffer from symptoms, how you are managing your symptoms, and many other questions as part of the initial assessment. You will be explained how your pelvic floor anatomy works so that you understand why you are suffering from symptoms and how the therapy aims to treat your symptoms. Depending on your symptoms, your therapist may need to conduct a physical examination, which may include internal vaginal or rectal examinations. All physical examinations are fully explained, and consent is sought at every step. You have the right to decline a physical examination, or request a support person to be in the room with you. Physical examinations provide critical information to your physiotherapist on the cause of your symptoms and how to best treat them.
Will pelvic floor therapy work?
Pelvic floor physiotherapy is useful for people who are suffering from bowel or bladder issues, for people recovering from childbirth, for people suffering from vaginal or rectal prolapse, for people suffering from pelvic pain, for anyone who has undergone prostate surgery. There are a number of causes as to why people may suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction, however, our expert clinicians will assess your unique needs and refer you to our physiotherapists as needed.
What does a physiotherapist do for the pelvic floor?
Your physiotherapist will assess a group of muscles that are involved with urinary, bowel, and reproductive and sexual function. Through exercises, lifestyle modifications, education and hands-on treatment, the physiotherapist aims to reduce or eliminate your symptoms through the gradual improvement of your pelvic floor function. A pelvic floor physiotherapist is a physiotherapist that is specially trained to rehabilitate pelvic floor muscles.