The pelvic floor is a bowl shaped structure of muscles, nerves, fascia and connective tissue located at the base of the male and female pelvis. It works as part of a team with other muscles and its role is very reflexive, responsive and dynamic in nature. The pelvic floor works with the diaphragm, lumbopelvic and hip region in order to carry out its many roles including: providing support for pelvic organs, controlling elimination functions of bowel and bladder, and contributing to sexual function.
At our sister clinic, Young Kempt Physiotherapy, we address a wide spectrum of pelvic health issues non-binary individuals, women and men. We incorporate the pelvic floor as part of the integrated whole body system and go beyond prescription of ‘Kegel’ exercises in isolation. An internal examination will be utilized if it is deemed necessary.
Will work with individuals experiencing trouble with:
- Stress Urinary Incontinence: Loss of urine with stress, or effort. Examples, coughing, sneezing, laughing, running, jumping or lifting
- Urge Urinary Incontinence: Loss of urine from overwhelming urge/need to pass urine. Examples: Feeling an intense need to urinate or losing bladder control when hearing running water or visually seeing the bathroom
- Overactive Bladder: Emptying bladder every hour, “just in case” voiding
- Pelvic, tailbone or lower back pain
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse: descent of pelvic organs into the vagina or beyond the vaginal opening. Feeling pressure/bulging/heaviness in pelvic floor region
- Interstitial Cystitis: painful bladder syndrome
- Difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection
An integrated approach to pelvic health.
Have you experienced leaking of urine with a laugh/cough/sneeze, or with high impact activities like skipping, running, jumping or heavy lifting? Do you experience painful intercourse? Have a sensation of heaviness/pressure in the pelvic floor region? These are all indicators that your pelvic floor is having a hard time – and it’s about much more than just KEGELS.