You may have heard of the term pelvic floor dysfunction but what exactly is it and why should you care?

Pelvic floor dysfunction is common and is not often properly understood or addressed. Many men and women are affected by pelvic floor dysfunction and are unaware that conservative management can help.

Physiotherapy can be an effective treatment strategy for issues including pelvic pain, pelvic girdle problems, prudendal neuralgia, painful intercourse, bladder and bowel incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.

One common misconception is that urinary incontinence is normal after childbirth and is a normal process of aging. Although it is common, incontinence is not something you just have to live with. A proper assessment to determine the cause of your incontinence, and through physiotherapy, education and exercise, a strong, healthy pelvic floor can be achieved to help maintain lifelong continence.

Pelvic floor dysfunction can be life-altering and reduce quality of life. So why not do something about it.

A trained pelvic health physiotherapist can properly assess and perform the appropriate treatment techniques depending on their findings. Treatment techniques utilized range from manual therapy including internal myofascial release, soft tissue and connective tissue manipulation, education, biofeedback, electrical stimulation and guidance for an effective regimen of core and pelvic floor muscle exercises. They can also help improve things like your breathing techniques to make core exercises even more effective.

With the help and support of a physiotherapy professional, many men and women can overcome the negative effects of PFD and optimize their health.

If you experience pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction, or disorders of the bowel or bladder you may be suffering from pelvic floor dysfunction. If so, give us a call at ProActive Physiotherapy in West Kelowna. We’ll be happy to consult with you and create a treatment program that works to combat your PFD!