Pelvic Floor Rehab
What is Pelvic Floor Rehab ?
Pelvic Floor Rehab is a branch of physiotherapy that deals with abdominal and pelvic dysfunctions. The pelvic floor muscles, the diaphragm, the transversus abdominis and the multifidus form what is called the internal unit. Together they play a key role in pelvic problems. Perineal rehabilitation is therefore particularly interested in these muscles.
Several types of problems are addressed in perineal rehabilitation such as urinary leaks, organ descent (bladder, uterus, rectum), overactive bladders, pain during sexual relations as well as anorectal disorders. Perineal reeducation is also intended for pregnant women and women who have given birth. During pregnancy and childbirth, a woman’s body undergoes important changes. It is strongly recommended that women consult a specialist following their pregnancy and even more so if they want to return to sports.
In men, urinary disorders are also treated whether they are sudden onset or post-prostatectomy.
Children can also benefit from perineal rehabilitation treatments.
What to expect at the first appointment
During the evaluation, the physiotherapist will take the time to ask you several questions in order to get a good idea of your lifestyle, your history and your current problem. Once the first part is completed, she will perform a physical examination (external and internal) to understand the problem. Your breathing, posture, back, pelvis and hip mobility will be assessed. Next, your physiotherapist will assess your pelvic floor strength, endurance, tone and coordination with the rest of the muscle of the internal unit, speed of contraction and any other aspect related to your reason of consultation. Once the evaluation is completed, your physiotherapist will be able to explain to you your problem and will propose a treatment plan including exercises to be done at home. A frequency of treatment will then be established according to the problem identified.