We are looking forward to resume our Pelvic Floor Services in 2018! Please contact our office at 604-492-0333 to sign up for a waitlist and receive latest updates
Serving Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Burnaby and Port Moody
Pelvic floor muscles perform a critical role in bowel and bladder continence and elimination, pelvic organ support, and sexual arousal.The deep layer of Pelvic Floor Muscle supports the pelvic organs such as the bladder and uterus and it keeps the anus and vagina closed. It resists downward pressure created when straining, coughing or sneezing and prevents evacuation of digestive contents at inopportune times!
Weak or dysfunctional pelvic floor muscles can cause and contribute to myriad of conditions. Since the pelvic floor is the only stabilizing muscle that is oriented in the horizontal plane, it performs a critical role in spinal stability during all activities. Often chronic back, pelvic or groin pain that does not resolve with usual treatment is related poor pelvic floor muscle function. Since the pelvic floor muscles along with the deep abdominal and back muscles work together to provide lumbar stability, and weakness in one can impact function in the other muscles, it is important to assess all of the deep stabilizers together.
Pregnancy and delivery change the body!
Muscles, ligaments and connective tissues all have to stretch to accommodate the baby making it harder for them to perform their roles as stabilizers. This can result in issues such as pelvic and low back pain, incontinence, heaviness in the vagina, or an abdominal muscle separation known as diastasis rectus abdominis or DRA. Pain with attempted intercourse can also be a problem especially after long, difficult births with forceps, tearing or episiotomy. Scarring can cause tightness and pain in the tissues and inhibit pelvic floor muscle function.
At Coast Therapy, Physiotherapy Assessment for new moms can include:
- A comprehensive history to identify issues specific to your post partum journey
- Assessment of pelvic alignment
- Measurement of the DRA at rest and contracted. A distance of more than 2 cm. is considered worthy of concern.
- An internal pelvic examination evaluates whether there is prolapse of bowel, bladder or rectum.
This assessment can be performed starting at 6 weeks post-partum. It is recommended before jumping back into an exercise program.
Any of the following can be treated with Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation
- Incontinence – Bowel or Bladder
- Chronic or repeated groin pull/strain
- Pelvic girdle pain including, coccydynia and/or SI joint dysfunction
- Perinatal/Post-partum Health
- Low back pain
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Men’s Pelvic Health
We can direct bill your Benefits Provider – Call us for more information.