Our clinic at Halton Urology offers through Lifemark Physiotherapy, a specialty program of Pelvic Health. Pelvic health physiotherapists are registered physiotherapists who have taken post-graduate training in the assessment and treatment of pelvic health conditions. Pelvic floor dysfunction can cause challenges ranging from urinary incontinence to painful intercourse – issues that can be stressful to deal with and hard to talk about. The specialized physiotherapy is designed for both men and women. Some common conditions that they treat include: urinary incontinence, urinary frequency, urinary urgency, pelvic organ prolapse, constipation, pelvic pain, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, painful intercourse, chronic prostatitis, post-prostatectomy incontinence, interstitial cystitis, bedwetting, pudendal neuralgia and much more.
These conditions are commonly associated with dysfunction in the pelvic floor muscles. This group of muscles attach to the front, back and sides of the pelvis and sacrum. They are like a hammock or sling, and provide support to the bladder, uterus, prostate and rectum. Our pelvic floor muscles silently do their job to assist with bladder, bowel and sexual function. They also play a significant role in keeping our core strong. Many of us are unaware that these muscles exist and in turn, do very little to keep them healthy and use them appropriately.
Dr. Kwan routinely uses pelvic physiotherapy to treat a variety of condition both on its own but also in combination with medical and surgical treatments and procedures. Though Dr. Kwan fully endorses the use of pelvic physiotherapy, he is not affiliated with Lifemark Physiotherapy.
What To Expect At Your Assessment
At the assessment, your pelvic health physiotherapist will take a detailed history and complete the physical exam. What makes pelvic health physiotherapists different from other physiotherapists is their training to assess the pelvic floor muscles directly through the vagina and/or the rectum. There is Grade A, Level 1 research to support assessment of the pelvic floor with direct palpation. Always remember that pelvic health physiotherapists are highly trained, sensitive professionals who will discuss all aspects of assessment and treatment with you thoroughly before proceeding.
Christine Bessette is our Lifemark Pelvic Health Specialist and provides care in our Halton Urology clinic. She works out of one our treatment rooms away from our regular clinic areas. To make an appointment, please call Lifemark Physiotherapy in Milton at 905-693-8852.