The Pelvic Health Program is carried out by a pelvic health physiotherapist and focuses on treatment of incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic pain in both men and women.
- Prevalence of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
- ICS 2003 study showed 1 in 3 women and 1 in 9 men have stress induced urinary incontinence
- Dufour 2016 study found a 96% correlation between low back pain and pelvic floor dysfunction in women.
- Of that 96%, 84% had HYPERtonic pelvic floor muscles
- “Common” = “Normal”– NOT true! Leakage of any kind, at ANY age is common but NOT Physiotherapy can help address this.
- Kegels are good for everyone- NOT Most people are hypertonic and therefore need to work on relaxation of tissues before strengthening occurs.
- Pelvic Physiotherapy only treats incontinence- NOT We can address a number of pelvic issues.
- People don’t want to talk about this area- NOT The prevalence and impact on quality of life is so high, it is crucial that we as health care professionals make discussions around these issues comfortable and normalized.
- 60 mins assessment looking at complete health and functional history taking a biopsychosocial approach
- Includes external and, if consented to, an internal assessment that looks at pain, tissue resistance, scarring, strength and coordination.
- The pelvic floor is closely associated with the back, SIJ and hips, having direct muscular attachments and similar innervation which is why a comprehensive internal and external assessment is important.