What is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy in Ottawa?

Pelvic floor dysfunction occurs for several reasons. It can be embarrassing and limiting to have this type of pelvic pain hindering your daily life and preventing you from doing some of the daily tasks or activities you love. Fortunately, pelvic floor rehabilitation can help ease the symptoms of pelvic dysfunction and strengthen your pelvic floor muscles so you don't experience additional problems in the future. If you are experiencing pelvic pain, contact Amped Physiotherapy today to find relief!

How Does Physiotherapy Help Pelvic Pain?

Physiotherapy treatments, such as pelvic floor rehabilitation and accompanying methods, have been proven to treat a variety of conditions resulting in pelvic pain. Some of the most common pelvic conditions that physiotherapy treats include:

Postpartum pelvic pain

After giving birth, it is common for new mothers to experience strained muscles and/or connective tissue damage on their pelvic floor. Pelvic floor rehabilitation helps reduce the pain that is being felt and strengthens any damaged muscles or tissues to improve pelvic floor function.


Pain Following Abdominal Surgery

If you are recovering from a recent surgical procedure, pelvic floor rehabilitation can help in breaking up scar tissue, improving strength, and regaining range of motion in your abdomen/pelvic region.


Endometriosis can affect the bones, muscles, ligaments, and nerves in the pelvic region. Pelvic floor rehabilitation can help reduce the pain and bloating that you may be experiencing with endometriosis, in addition to strengthening the pelvic floor muscles.

Urinary Incontinence

A pelvic floor physiotherapist can help determine the root problem of your urinary urgency, rather than simply treating the symptoms. Pelvic floor rehabilitation will focus on strengthening the pelvic muscles under your bladder to treat and eliminate incontinence issues.


Pelvic floor rehabilitation can loosen and relax the muscles in your pelvic and anal areas, which can help relieve and eliminate constipation. While these are just a few of the most common conditions of pelvic floor disorders that can be treated with physiotherapy, there are several additional pelvic health conditions that physiotherapy treatments can relieve.

For example, sexual function such as pain with intercourse, general pelvic floor weakness, underactive or overactive bladder, bowel incontinence (fecal urgency), pudendal neuralgia, erectile dysfunction, and infertility problems may also be improved with pelvic therapy. Some less common conditions that can be treated also include pelvic organ prolapse, dyspareunia, and diastasis recti.

How Will You Benefit?

The muscles, tendons, and ligaments that comprise the pelvic floor all serve an extremely important purpose, as they support the core of your body. One of our highly trained Ottawa, Chelsea, Kanata & Nepean, ON physiotherapists can help in relieving your pelvic pain, improving your flexibility, increasing your overall functionality and enhancing your daily activities and quality of life.

The treatments involved in your pelvic floor rehabilitation plan will depend upon your initial assessment findings. Your injury or condition will be evaluated during a physical examination, and then a qualified pelvic floor physiotherapist will form a treatment plan that will address your specific needs. This will typically include several forms of pelvic floor exercises and massage to reduce pain, lessen symptoms, and potentially heal your condition.

Our Ottawa, Chelsea, Kanata & Nepean, ON physiotherapy offices are equipped with the resources necessary for treating all forms of pelvic pain. In many cases, our treatment methods can help provide relief and recovery for problems that patients have been facing for years. If your pelvic pain is limiting you, contact Amped Physiotherapy today at Ottawa, Chelsea, Kanata & Nepean, ON to begin your path toward long-lasting relief!

FAQs on Pelvic Health Physiotherapy


What Are The Benefits Of Choosing Amped Physiotherapy Over Others?

When you come to us you can be confident that you are in good hands.


What Type Of Training And Education Do Our Physiotherapists Have?

We have taken and continue to take specialized courses from the leading experts in our field from across the globe.


What Are The Benefits Of Our Pelvic Floor Treatment Program?

We emphasize patient education and self-care: we are partners in your healthcare.


What Are The Treatment Options?

We provide best-evidence treatment plans to our patients using one or a combination of the following, depending on your unique condition:

✔ Therapeutic Exercise Programs

✔ Breathing pattern coordination exercises and relaxation techniques

✔ Myofascial release techniques

✔ Visceral manipulation

✔ Bowel retraining

✔ Chronic Pain management

✔ Manual therapy techniques

✔ Core stabilization exercises directed at improving pelvic floor function

✔ Modified “kegel exercises” to address muscle strength, speed, endurance, muscle awareness, and coordination

✔ Pelvic floor muscle training


What Are The Benefits Of Manual Biofeedback?

It is a form of biofeedback that permits greater client body awareness, while also being a successful tool for excellent pelvic physiotherapy care.

Manual/Mechanical Biofeedback Therapy:  single-user internal probe is used to monitor the pelvic floor muscle signals (by measuring electrical activity in the muscles) and then provide individualized feedback to the client about their specific condition.


How Is A Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Session Conducted?

Pelvic floor physiotherapy sessions are conducted in a quiet, comfortable private room, and a professional environment.


What Does A Pelvic Floor Assessment Include?

The pelvic floor exam may include an internal evaluation, via the vagina and/or rectum to assess the pelvic floor muscle function (remember the muscles are located inside the pelvic bowl). Furthermore, the assessment can include questions about your complete health history, bowel habits, symptoms, discomfort, etc.


What Ultimate Goals Can You Achieve Using Our Physio Services?

Our pelvic health physiotherapist will treat and guide you through different treatment approaches to improve your pelvic floor coordination and function and eliminate any unwanted symptoms or discomfort. We combine individualized treatment programs focusing on education, manual hands-on therapy, exercises, and lifestyle changes all based on your assessment findings.


What Causes Urinary Leakage?

Urinary leakage while coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercising can often be associated with weak or uncoordinated pelvic floor muscles.


What Causes Painful Intercourse?

Tightness in the pelvic floor muscles can be one of the common causes of painful intercourse.


What Are Some Common Pelvic Health Issues?

✔ Pelvic floor muscle dysfunction

✔ Fecal incontinence

✔ Soft tissue flexibility issues

✔ Repetitive strain injuries

✔ Poor posture resulting in increased pelvic pressure

✔ Urinary frequency Difficult bowel movements

✔ Sexual dysfunction✔ Chronic prostatitis

✔ Post-prostatectomy incontinence

✔ Bladder pain syndrome

✔ Stress Incontinence and Urge

✔ Core muscles instability

✔ Hip pain

✔ Loss of bladder control during pregnancy

✔ Diastasis rectus

✔ Persistent pain

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