Pelvic floor muscles are essential to maintain continence, support the pelvic organs, provide lumbar stability and for full sexual function. Proper strength, muscle length and coordination are required to avoid dysfunction and pain.
Pelvic Health Physiotherapists have specialized post graduate training which includes using internal and external “hands-on” or manual techniques to evaluate the function of, treat and train the pelvic floor muscles.
Some of the symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction are:
-urinary/fecal frequency and urgency
- Pelvic organ prolapse
-chronic prostatitis (non-bacterial)
- chronic pelvic pain syndrome
- dyspareunia (painful intercourse)
- vaginismus (vaginal muscle spasming)
-vulvodynia or vestibulodynia(pain in vulva or vaginal opening)
-Pudental nerve irritation
-Pelvic girdle pain
Book an appointment now if you have any of these symptoms.
- Incontinence is common, but it is NOT NORMAL.
- You should NOT leak urine, gas or stool when you laugh, cough, sneeze, lift, jump or run
- You should NOT have ongoing pelvic or back pain
- You should NOT feel pressure or heaviness in your vagina, penis or rectum
- You should NOT have pain during intercourse
During Pregnancy and Post-Partum
For some women, pregnancy can include pelvic floor dysfunction that leads to incontinence,
pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic girdle pain. Pelvic Physiotherapy can be used to treat those issues AND help prepare for delivery by educating in effective labour positions and how to prevent complications during labour and delivery.
About 45% of all pregnant women and 25% of all postpartum women experience back or pelvic girdle pain. Wu et al, 2004
Book with our Pelvic Physiotherapist if you have any of these issues during pregnancy or after delivery:
- Pain in your pubic bone, groin, back, pelvis, buttocks, legs, vagina or rectum
- Difficulties doing everyday tasks such as rolling over, walking or getting in/out of a vehicle or chair
- Leaking urine, gas or stool when you laugh cough, sneeze, exercise etc or not making it to the bathroom in time
- Pain with intercourse
- Bulging or tenting of your abdomen (diastasis recti aka “mommy tummy”)
- Pressure, heaviness or bulging in your vagina or rectum
Meet our Pelvic Health Physiotherapist
Magdalena Hul, PT, MSc (PT), Hons. BSc. (Kin) graduated from McMaster University with a Master of Science in Physiotherapy and Honors Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a minor in gerontology. Since then, Maggie has completed courses in anatomical acupuncture, exercise prescription, advanced manual therapy, therapeutic taping and pain central sensitization. She has extensive specific training in pelvic floor rehabilitation (incontinence, pelvic pain, diastasis recti, prolapse, pre/post partum, labour/delivery, post-operative).
Maggie is a passionate practitioner who focuses on promoting maximal recovery while integrating each individual’s unique goals and needs. She is particularly enthusiastic about working with prenatal individuals and helping them take a proactive approach during pregnancy, to help provide a more positive birth experience and prevent avoidable life-long complications.
Throughout her career, Maggie has worked with workplace and motor vehicle accident patients as well as special populations including athletes, seniors, infants and post-surgical patients in addition to individuals with pelvic pain. She is happy to focus on her pelvic health work here at Vitality and bring this much needed service to Smithville.