What is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy is a specialised area within physiotherapy that focuses on accurate assessment, diagnosis and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction. Pelvic floor dysfunction is a term used to describe any problem involving a change in the functioning of any structure inside the pelvic cavity: the bladder, bowel, vagina, and pelvic floor muscles.

Pelvic floor physiotherapists are qualified physiotherapists who have undergone further university based post-graduate studies in diagnosis, management, prevention and treatment of pelvic floor disorders.

Am I appropriate for Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?

  • Has your doctor diagnosed you with pelvic organ prolapse?
  • Do you have pelvic surgery i.e. hysterectomy or prostatectomy, planned?
  • Has your doctor, surgeon, obstetrician or gynaecologist suggested you would benefit from pelvic floor muscle strengthening?
  • Do you suffer from incontinence? – bladder or bowel
  • Are you pregnant or post-natal?
  • Are you post-prostate surgery?
  • Do you have a history of chronic constipation or straining?
  • Do you suffer from pelvic girdle pain or coccyx pain?
  • Are you interested in strengthening your pelvic floor muscles?

How can Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy help you?

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy can:

  • Provide you with an accurate diagnosis
  • Provide you with education about your condition
  • Provide treatment and strategies to best manage your condition
  • Result in a quicker recovery
  • Prevent development of secondary problems
  • Prescribe exercises to do at home to enhance recovery
  • Incorporate your pelvic floor treatment into your everyday life

What will my initial consult involve?

  • An interview to establish the history of your condition and current symptoms
  • Assessment of your pelvic region (this which may include an internal assessment if appropriate)
  • External and or internal treatments based on the assessment findings
  • Education
  • Completion of symptom scales/questionnaires
  • Homework: exercises and/or symptom diaries
  • Discussion of management plan