Pelvic area discomfort or dysfunction, causing conditions listed below, isn't something you have to live with. Many are not aware these conditions can be successfully treated with physiotherapy. Therapist Jennifer Liu provides a specialized treatments in addition to what you might regularly see a physiotherapist for. She will help restore and empower with respect and care, from the initial assessment to education to treatment. When booking online, be sure to select the 60 minute Pelvic Floor Assessment for your first visit.

Bladder Control/Incontinence

Bladder incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine. It's a symptom of a physical or neurological problem and not a disease. Stress or urge are the two common types of incontinence. Symptoms include:

  • Leaking urine or stool when you sneeze, run, exercise, laugh, cough (Stress urinary incontinence)

  • Problems getting to the bathroom in time (urgency)

  • Constipation

  • Frequent need to urinate

Bowel Control/Incontinence

Bowel or fecal incontinence is the involuntary loss of stool or gas. It is a symptom of a physical or neurological problem and not a disease. Stress or urge are the two common types of incontinence. Symptoms include: 

  • Leaking stool when you sneeze, run, exercise, laugh, cough (Stress incontinence)

  • Problems getting to the bathroom in time (urgency)

  • Constipation

  • “skid marks” on underwear

  • inability to control passage of gas

Coccydynia/Tailbone Pain

Coccydynia, or tailbone pain, can make it difficult to sit, lie flat or go from sit to standing because where the tailbone (coccyx) joins the sacrum can become strained leading to both joint problems and problems in the surrounding pelvic floor muscle.

Constipation

Irregular, infrequent or difficult elimination of stool that does not have an underlying medical disorder can often be treated through physiotherapy.

Low Back/Pelvic Girdle Pain

Low back pain usually results from excess movement of the vertebrae and pelvis. Excess movement is caused by weak core stabilizers failing to automatically contract when we move. 

Vulvodynia and Vestibulodynia

Vulvodynia is continuous pain or discomfort around the vulva, or opening of the vagina. There is usually no identifiable cause and will last at least three months or longer. The pain can be constant or occasional, in the entire vulvar area or in a specific spot. The main symptom is pain in the genital area that can be described as:

  • Burning

  • Itching

  • Painful intercourse (see Dyspareunia)

  • Stinging

  • Soreness

  • Throbbing

A similar condition, Vestibulodynia, causes pain only when pressure is applied to the vulvar area. 

Dyspareunia (Painful Intercourse)

Dyspareunia is a persistent or reoccurring genital pain that happens just before, during or after sexual intercourse. If you have painful intercourse, you might feel:

  • Pain only at sexual entry (penetration)

  • Pain with every penetration, including inserting a tampon

  • Deep pain during thrusting

  • Burning pain, aching pain or throbbing pain, lasting past time of intercourse

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