Pelvic Health Physiotherapy at Russett Rehabilitation

Do you ‘leak’ when you laugh, sneeze, cough or do vigorous exercise?

You are not alone! Statistics suggest that one in five senior adults in Canada experience some type of bladder control problem (urinary incontinence). (1)

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Want to talk to a pelvic floor physiotherapist?

It can be hard to find a physiotherapist in Ontario who specializes in pelvic floor and incontinence  – until now! Contact us now to book your in-person consultation or treatment session:

Why choose pelvic floor physiotherapy?

Pelvic floor physiotherapy rehabilitates the muscles that are involved in bowel and bladder function, sexual function, stabilization of the pelvic region and organ support. Pelvic health issues can affect both men and women at various stages in their life.

A pelvic floor physiotherapist specializes in the assessment and treatment of the pelvic floor and core muscles and how they integrate in activities of daily life. This includes looking at the whole person, evaluating bladder and bowel habits, addressing lifestyle factors, assessing pelvic floor muscle activity, strength, tone, endurance and coordination.

Treatment may consist of manual therapy, individualized exercise program, bowel/bladder retraining, lifestyle adjustments and health education.

Understanding your pelvic health?

Pelvic health can be impacted by pregnancy and birth, abdominal or pelvic surgeries, traumatic events/injuries, muscle strain, hormonal changes, stress/anxiety and persistent hip/low back issues.

Your pelvic floor muscles can also be affected through conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, and diabetes. You might also experience changes in your pelvic health after a stroke, an injury or from the side effects of surgery.

Women’s pelvic health

Women can experience a range of pelvic floor issues including:

  • Leaking when laughing, coughing, sneezing, jumping, running, participating in sports (stress incontinence)
  • Feeling of bladder urgency (overactive bladder) or leaking with urgency (urge incontinence)
  • Painful sex (dyspareunia)
  • Painful periods
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pelvic Girdle Pain or incontinence associated with pregnancy or postpartum
  • Physical or hormonal changes during/after menopause
  • Unresolved pelvic or low back pain
  • Symptoms of prolapse

Postpartum care at Russett Rehabilitation

We specialize in pelvic floor physiotherapy for moms who have recently given birth (postpartum). Our treatment plans and exercise programs can help with treatment of:

  • Diastasis Recti
  • Bladder leakage
  • Overactive bladder (urinating more than 8 times a day)
  • Urinary urgency
  • Prolapse
  • Painful scar tissue from perineal tears, episiotomies or C-sections

Our team can help you connect to your pelvic floor muscles and teach you how to activate and relax them depending on what your specific concern is. Kegels are not always the answer! We also offer guidance on re-training your “core” and returning to safe exercise after giving birth.

Men’s pelvic health

Men’s pelvic floor issues include:

  • Overactive bladder
  • Incontinence
  • Pre and post prostatectomy (prostate surgery)
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Concerns related to chronic non-bacterial prostatitis
  • Genital pain, perineal pain, and tailbone pain
  • Pain with orgasm / ejaculation
  • Erectile dysfunction

Russett Rehabilitation Pelvic Health Physiotherapists:

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy is becoming more established as a first-line defence against incontinence and pelvic pain. Our specialist pelvic health and incontinence team include