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What is pelvic floor physiotherapy?

Pelvic health physiotherapy treats various conditions and issues related to the pelvic floor muscles and surrounding pelvic girdle area. The pelvic floor muscles support internal organs, prevent incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, and aid in sexual function and the lymphatic system. Pelvic health physiotherapy is the first line of treatment for incontinence, pain, or dysfunction.

Our qualified pelvic health physiotherapist conducts an internal and external evaluation, which may include a vaginal and/or rectal exam to assess muscle strength and tension. Pelvic Floor Physiotherapists (PFPs) are authorized by the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario to perform this assessment and treatment.  

Crystal Dsouza, Registered Physiotherapist at ProHealth Oshawa Physiotherapy Clinic Oshawa, she is sitting in the clinic chair with the pelvic floor anatomy model to showcase the anatomy of human pelvic floor

Who are Pelvic Floor Physiotherapists?

A pelvic floor physiotherapist (PFP) is a registered specialist with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario who is trained to diagnose and treat pelvic floor dysfunction conditions. Our PFP, Crystal D’Souza and Manu Mrunmayi Sahasrabudhe provides personalized pelvic floor exercises and education based on a thorough assessment and diagnosis of each patient’s individual needs. Learn more about our pelvic floor physiotherapists.

Where is the pelvis located?

Our pelvis is located between the abdomen and legs. The pelvic floor is made up of ligaments, muscles, and tissues to support important body functions like sex, pregnancy, and delivery. Now that you know where is it located, let’s see why the pelvic floor is important?

Why is a strong pelvic floor important?

Especially in females, the pelvic floor plays an imperative role just as other bones and muscles. The pelvic floor supports the bladder, urination, movement, bowel, uterus, and prolapse. A strong pelvic floor is also important for sexual functioning, pregnancy, and childbirth. A weak pelvic floor can invite a lot of discomfort and painful situations that may require surgery. This is where pelvic floor physiotherapy comes to play!

Is your pelvic floor weak?

A strong and connected pelvic floor means that you can exercise without pain. There can be various signs and symptoms of a weak pelvic floor. If your pelvic floor muscles are weakened, the symptoms can include below but are not limited to:

  • Urinal leakage while running, laughing, or sneezing
  • Early leakage and always running to the toilet
  • Falling out tampons
  • Repeated Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
  • Pain while having sex
  • Pain in vulva
  • Unable to achieve orgasm
  • Lowered sensation in the vagina
  • A bulge at vaignal opening
  • Pain in tailbone
  • Painful defecation or spasm of the rectum
  • Painful urination
  • Constipation
  • Pain in the lower back

This is where pelvic floor physiotherapists come into play. If you are facing difficulties while urinating and have symptoms from the above, please contact one of your nearest doctors who can advise you and refer you to an experienced pelvic floor physiotherapist for your treatment.

Causes of pelvic floor dysfunction:

There can be various reasons that your pelvic floor muscles are weak which can include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Nerve damage
  • Traumatic Injuries or Accidents
  • Overusing the muscles
  • Surgery
  • Obesity or being overweight
  • Age-related muscle issues

Whatever be the cause of your pelvic floor muscles dysfunction, pelvic floor physiotherapy can help. Contact our ProHealth Oshawa Physiotherapy Clinic today to create your physiotherapy exercise and treatment plan.

Benefits of Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy:

Pelvic floor physiotherapy can help strengthen the muscles that support the bladder, reducing instances of urinary incontinence and improving bladder control. Urinary Incontinence is one of the most common, even after post-partum for women, pelvic floor physiotherapists can help you control your bladder and train the right muscles with proper exercise.

Pelvic floor dysfunction can contribute to chronic pelvic pain. Through targeted exercises and manual therapy techniques, pelvic floor physiotherapy can help alleviate pain and discomfort. Pregnancy and many other factors contribute to pelvic floor pain which can be alleviated through pelvic floor physiotherapy.

Pregnancy and childbirth can weaken the pelvic floor muscles. Pelvic floor physiotherapy can aid in the recovery process by strengthening and restoring the pelvic floor, addressing issues such as pelvic organ prolapse and diastasis recti. If you are looking for perinatal care services in Oshawa, read more here.

Strong pelvic floor muscles can enhance sexual function and pleasure by improving muscle tone and promoting better blood flow to the pelvic region. PFP can also alleviate any pain or discomfort you feel while having intercourse.

The pelvic floor muscles play a vital role in supporting the core. Strengthening these muscles through physiotherapy can contribute to better overall core stability and postural alignment. Core stability is utmost for people from all walks of life but more for people who have sedentary lifestyle and/or are pregnant. Don’t delay connecting with your pelvic floor physiotherapist to get your core stabilized.

Pelvic floor physiotherapy can help prevent and manage a range of pelvic floor disorders, including pelvic organ prolapse, fecal incontinence, and chronic pelvic pain.

Pelvic floor physiotherapy includes education on proper pelvic floor function, posture, and body mechanics, empowering individuals with the knowledge and tools to maintain optimal pelvic health.

Each person's pelvic floor concerns are unique. Pelvic floor physiotherapy offers personalized assessment and treatment plans tailored to address specific needs and goals.

Top Rated Pelvic Floor Physiotherapists in Oshawa

Crystal D’Souza - ProHealth Oshawa Physiotherapy & Rehab - Oshawa, ON

Crystal D’Souza

Manu Mrunmayi Sahasrabudhe - ProHealth Oshawa Physiotherapy & Rehab - Oshawa, ON

Manu Mrunmayi Sahasrabudhe


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At ProHealth Oshawa Physio and Rehab, we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality care with physiotherapy, chiropractic, and massage therapy to our clients. Our experienced team of physiotherapists utilize the latest techniques and equipment to ensure that you receive the best possible treatment for your conditions like neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis, etc. Our physiotherapists work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs and goals. As the top-rated physiotherapy clinic in Oshawa, we are committed to helping you achieve optimal health and wellness. Don't take our work for it, call today to experience it. 


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Whether you are recovering from an injury, managing a chronic condition, or seeking to optimize your physical performance, physiotherapy can provide personalized care and tailored treatment plans to help you achieve your goals. Consult with a qualified physiotherapist to explore how physiotherapy can benefit you and improve your overall well-being.Physiotherapy’s benefits have been known for a long time now as it helps individuals with myriad benefits which can range from active and pain-free life with increased mobility and bodily functions to a healthy lifestyle. However, there are several types in which physiotherapy can be branched into to be offered to various individuals. Therefore, in this post, we will cover different types of physiotherapy.

What does pelvic floor physiotherapy treatment look like?

A pelvic floor physiotherapist can help with pelvic floor dysfunction whether the muscles are too tight or too weak. All our clients receive tailored and customized physiotherapy treatment and exercise plans catered according to their individual needs and goals. There is an internal and external evaluation and detailed assessment involved while getting screened for pelvic floor dysfunction.

Contact ProHealth Oshawa Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Clinic today!

Pregnancy and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

Pelvic floor physiotherapy during pregnancy can be highly beneficial for expectant mothers. Here are some keyways in which pelvic floor physiotherapy can support women during pregnancy:

Pelvic floor physiotherapy can help pregnant women understand and strengthen their pelvic floor muscles in preparation for labor and delivery. It provides valuable knowledge about pelvic floor relaxation techniques and optimal positions for labor.

Pregnancy places increased pressure on the pelvic floor muscles, which can lead to issues such as urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, and pelvic organ prolapse. Pelvic floor physiotherapy can help prevent these problems and provide effective management strategies if they arise.

 Pelvic floor physiotherapy is essential in the postpartum period to aid in the recovery and rehabilitation of the pelvic floor muscles. It helps restore strength, tone, and function to the pelvic floor, addressing issues like perineal tears, episiotomies, or C-section scars.

Diastasis recti, the separation of abdominal muscles during pregnancy, can be effectively addressed through targeted exercises and techniques prescribed by a pelvic floor physiotherapist.

Many pregnant women experience musculoskeletal discomfort, such as lower back pain, pelvic girdle pain, and sciatica. Pelvic floor physiotherapy can provide relief through exercises, manual therapy, and lifestyle modifications.

Pregnancy brings about significant physical and emotional changes. Pelvic floor physiotherapy offers a supportive and nurturing environment where women can discuss their concerns, receive guidance, and find reassurance.

Physiotherapy-Based Strategies to Connect with Your Pelvic Floor

1) Diaphragmatic Breathing

Do you usually breathe into your shoulders or your rib cage?

Let’s see…

  1. Put one hand on your check, then put the other hand on your stomach
  2. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth

Where did you breathe – chest or stomach?

The breathing strategy that is going to benefit you is to breathe into your stomach (or lower rib cage to be exact) So let’s practice breathing:

2) Pelvic Posture

How do you naturally stand? More weight on one side than the other? One leg straight and the other with a knee bent?

Let’s consider your pelvic position and rib cage position. Can you stack your rib cage directly over your pelvic while standing on both legs evenly?

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy at ProHealth Oshawa

Unlock the Benefits of Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy at our Oshawa ProHealth Clinic! Pelvic floor physiotherapy is a specialized form of therapy that focuses on strengthening and rehabilitating the muscles of the pelvic floor. Whether you’re experiencing bladder control issues, pelvic pain, or postpartum concerns, our expert physiotherapists are here to provide personalized care and support.

Through a combination of targeted exercises, manual therapy techniques, and education, we can help you regain control, alleviate discomfort, and improve your overall pelvic health. Don’t let pelvic floor issues hold you back from living your best life. Take the first step towards a stronger, healthier pelvic floor by booking a consultation at our ProHealth Oshawa Physiotherapy and Rehab Clinic today and get connected with experienced pelvic floor physiotherapists in Oshawa!  

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