The Pelvic Floor

The pelvic floor is made up of many muscles, ligaments, tendons, connective and neural tissue. The primary role of the pelvic floor is to act as a hammock to support all the organs in the pelvic girdle. 

 Who is Affected?

It is estimated that one third of women are affected by a pelvic floor disorder or dysfunction1.  These pelvic floor problems often have a negative impact on many aspects of day to day life.  These pelvic floor conditions can include:

·      Leaking urine or stool with any daily activity, including exercise

·      Urinary or fecal urge or frequency

·      Abdominal separation after baby (diastasis recti)

·      Scars and pain after baby (including episiotomy and c-section)

·      Pelvic organ prolapse

·      Painful sex

·      Pain with sitting (including tailbone pain)

·      Pelvic pain

What Causes Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?

There are many potential causes of pelvic floor disorders like childbirth, menopause, hormonal changes and muscle imbalances etc. Although some of these causes are a normal part of life, pelvic floor conditions and their associated symptoms should not be accepted as your "new normal"

Physio Can Help!

After taking a complete history and performing a comprehensive physical assessment, the physiotherapist will create a personalized treatment plan that may include:

·      Patient education

·      Stretching and strengthening techniques

·      Bladder/pelvic floor training

·      Lifestyle/habit changes

·      Pain control techniques

Contact us to book your free one-on-one information session to learn more about what pelvic health physio can do for you!

Aly MacLean



*Please note that we are only able to take female patients for pelvic floor physiotherapy at this time.

Reference: Nygaard, I., Barber, M. D., Burgio, K. L., Kenton, K., Meikle, S., Schaffer, J., et al. (2008). Prevalence of symptomatic pelvic floor disorders in U.S. women. JAMA, 300, 1311-1316.