Ever wondered what a women’s health pelvic floor physiotherapist can treat? Many of the issues are not openly talked about and many people don’t know with whom to discuss their concerns or that treatments and therapies exist for these conditions, so they suffer through without help. The below list is not exhaustive but will give you a good idea.
Vulvodynia (vulvar pain), Vaginismus (vaginal pain), Pudendal Neuralgia, Endometriosis pain, Fibroid and cyst pain, Period pain, Insertional pain/dysfunction (inability to use tampons/menstrual cups, have a pelvic exam, intercourse, or any manual insertion), Coccydynia (tailbone pain), Painful Bladder Syndrome (Interstitial Cystitis), Dyspareunia (painful sex from any cause).
Dyspareunia (painful sex), Loss of libido or difficulties with orgasm (post-natal, menopause, ageing), Coital incontinence (loss of urine with intercourse or orgasm), Vaginal flatus.
Bladder and Bowel Problems:
Urinary Incontinence (leaking), Overactive bladder (urgency or incontinence, high frequency, nocturia), Post Micturition Dribble, (dribbling after voiding), Voiding dysfunction (unable to empty bladder), Urinary Retention, Chronic Urinary Tract Infections, Constipation, Rectal Prolapse, Anal Fissures, Faecal Urgency & Incontinence.
Pregnancy and Postpartum:
Preventative pelvic floor education; Pelvic floor assessment to determine strength, if prolapse present, c-section treatment and education, suture scars and episiotomy management; Prenatal perineal massage/stretching; Pregnancy related back, pelvic, and hip pain; Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA) management; Exercise programming and education.
Incontinence, Prolapse, Pelvic muscular wasting, Hysterectomy pain and dysfunction management, Dyspareunia, Symptoms related to hormone therapy.
Cystocoele (anterior wall prolapse), Uterine prolapse, Rectocele (posterior wall prolapse), Pre/Post Surgery Advice.
Chronic/recurrent back, pelvic (sacroiliac and pubic symphysis joints), hip, tailbone pain that has not improved with standard physiotherapy treatment; Chronically rotated positions/stance; Functional leg length discrepancy; Poor core strength despite regular abdominal and back strengthening.
Dana Elliott is trained as a pelvic floor physiotherapist who, using a combination of assessing the whole musculoskeletal system and pelvic floor, will develop a treatment plan with you that may consist of exercise and strength training, manual therapy, acupuncture, dry needling, or electro-modalities, along with lifestyle, nutrition and activity modifications. Please feel free to contact the clinic with any questions regarding pelvic floor concerns.