Top 3 Reasons to Visit a Pelvic Floor Therapist
What is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?
Pelvic floor Physiotherapy is a branch of orthopaedics manual therapy. It is a specialty focused on assessing and treating muscles, joints, connective tissues and nerves of the lower back, pelvis, hips and internal structures in the vagina and/or rectum.
Here I listed the top 3 reasons to see a pelvic floor Physiotherapist:
Hands down, this is the most common symptom I treat. This is NOT normal. Did you know that 3.5 million Canadians suffer from some type of urinary incontinence? That is 10% of the population. There are 3 common misconceptions about urinary leakage: to think that it is normal to leak after childbirth, to think that it is normal as you age and to think that there is nothing you can do about the it.
Pain during intercourse:
Another very common symptom. Nobody should have pain during intercourse. There are several conditions that cause the pelvic floor muscles to become hypertonic (or tight). The most common conditions are: vaginismus (inability to have penetration due to spasms of the pelvic floor muscles), vulvodynia (chronic vulvar pain like stabbing and burning), and trauma such as an episiotomy during vaginal delivery.
Lower back pain:
Did you know that pelvic floor dysfunction and lower back pain are highly linked? There is a study that shows Urinary Incontinence was present in 78% of 200 women with lower back pain (Eliasson, 2008). In the practice, we encounter a lot of sciatica (pain that travels from your lower back down to your leg) and sacroiliac joint dysfunctions. This is part of our expertise. We often address lower back, pelvis, hips, pubic bone and tailbone pain as well.
One of the most important parts of my job is to educate. We have to break the stigma and the tabu. We have to talk about pelvic floor issues.
Pelvic Girl and Dope Moms of Ottawa are joining forces. On October 10th at 2pm we will be live to talk about Pelvic Health. Everyone is welcome to join!
Pelvic Girl Bio’s:
Silvia Saraiva is a Registered Physiotherapist, specialized in Pelvic Health. Mom of 2 and very passionate about education. Loves anything pelvic floor related, pregnancy, postpartum and cute babies. Silvia can help with conditions such as urinary/fecal incontinence, pelvic pain, prenatal and postpartum, diastasis recti (DRA), constipation, pelvic organ prolapse (POP), dyspareunia (painful intercourse), vaginismus, vulvodynia, endometriosis, post-menopausal, lower back pain, pelvic girdle pain, coccydynia, chronic non-bacterial prostatitis, post-prostatectomy.
Check out our Mama Resources section for a link to Silvia's practice!