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Pelvic floor physiotherapy Barrie

What A Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist Treats

The group of muscles that support the internal organs of the pelvis is known collectively as the pelvic floor; when they are weakened, a range of uncomfortable symptoms can arise. By seeking out pelvic floor physiotherapy in Barrie with Impact Healthcare, you will be able to enjoy a renewed sense of autonomy. 

Internal organs such as the bladder, bowel, and uterus (for women) are supported by the pelvic floor. When these muscles are strong, the organs are able to function normally, but when the muscles become weak, dysfunction creeps in. 

Some of the symptoms that might lead patients to consider pelvic floor physiotherapy include:

  • Incontinence of any kind, as well as an increased sense of urgency to urinate or defecate
  • All sorts of pelvic pain
  • Prolapse of internal organs
  • Postnatal issues lasting longer than about eight weeks

Unfortunately, many people find that they are too embarrassed about their symptoms to seek assistance as soon as the issues start. In truth, a weak pelvic floor is a fact of life for many people, and it merely results from some of life’s common progressions. 

Menopause and childbirth are the most well-known causes for a weakened pelvic floor, but continuous heavy lifting, a lack of general fitness, and strain on the organs supported by the pelvic floor are also known to produce this condition. 

Whatever the cause, it’s important to understand two things about a weak pelvic floor: it’s nothing to be ashamed of, and when you receive help from Impact Healthcare, you can get back to living a more functional life in no time. 

How A Pelvic Floor Physio Provides Relief

Like many other forms of physiotherapy, the pelvic floor variety focuses on strengthening a specific set of muscles to eliminate the dysfunction they are causing. It’s useful to envision the pelvic floor as a sort of hammock made from muscle and tissue—that hammock can lose support over time, so this treatment simply aims to restore its strength. 

In some cases, women may find that their pelvic floors are too active and unable to relax. Though this is less common than the alternative, it is also something that can be addressed with physiotherapy. 

When you visit Impact Healthcare for your first pelvic floor physiotherapy session, it is likely to play out in this basic fashion:

  • The physiotherapist will start by completing a consultation in order to gain a clear picture of your health history
  • Next, the physio may choose to complete an examination of the pelvic floor muscles
  • From there, the treatment phase will begin; this usually consists mostly of guided exercises but may include other methods as well

Your physiotherapist will take the time to fully explain the state of your pelvic floor muscles, the most effective methods of treatment to remedy any dysfunction, and the habits you can adopt to make treatment successful. 

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