While talking about physiotherapy most of us associate it with the assessment and treatment of the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular and cardio-vascular systems. It is most commonly used for rehabilitation after acute or chronic musculoskeletal injury or after orthopedic surgeries. Pelvic floor muscles are skeletal muscles and can require the same type of rehabilitation like the other skeletal muscles in our body. Pelvic health physiotherapists are specially trained to assess and treat these muscles.
In a paper published on Dec. 01/2011, Dr. Cichowski MD (fellow in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, University of New Mexico) and Dr. Rogers MD (professor and director, Division of Urogynecology, and director, Fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, University of New Mexico) concluded that “pelvic floor rehabilitation for pelvic floor disorders is highly efficacious and provides a low-risk option for patients with gynecologic problems. Limitations to prescribing physical therapy include the number of qualified therapists and patient motivation to perform recommended exercise or behavioral regimens. However, although the physical therapist can teach the exercises and provide feedback to improve function and diminish pain, it is up to the patient to take responsibility to maintain and to strengthen her pelvic floor muscles with exercise over the long term.”
Physiotherapy is a regulated healthcare profession in Canada. The best way to find a qualified pelvic health therapist in Ontario is to check the College’s website at: http://publicregister.collegept.org/PublicServices/Start.aspx