There are a few ways that a man can strengthen his pelvis. He can do pelvic floor physiotherapy with a pelvic floor physiotherapist, which can help to strengthen pelvic floor muscles. He can also do specific exercises to target the pelvic floor muscles, such as Kegel exercises. Additionally, men can try to increase their overall physical activity and exercise regularly to help support the pelvic region.
In Alberta, physiotherapists are considered primary care providers, so you can see a private one without requiring your doctor’s referral.
However, your physician will likely refer you to a physiotherapist for post-surgery recovery or an extended medical issue needing specialized attention. It is common for physiotherapists to collaborate with other healthcare professionals such as a doctor, occupational therapists and massage therapists to develop an individualized treatment plan for you.
In addition, if your private health insurance covers physiotherapy, you may need to provide a doctor’s referral for the insurer to cover the cost of your treatment.
Pelvic floor therapy can benefit individuals of all genders and ages who are experiencing pelvic floor dysfunction or related conditions. This can include individuals who have given birth, experienced trauma, undergone surgery, have urinary or bowel issues, pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction, or are looking to optimize their pelvic health and function.
If you are preparing for pelvic floor physiotherapy, you should go to the bathroom before your appointment. You may also want to wear loose-fitting clothing for better mobility. Please let your physiotherapist know about any health conditions or pelvic floor problems you have.
You should consider starting pelvic floor physiotherapy if you are experiencing pelvic floor muscle weakness, pelvic pain, or incontinence. Consult with your doctor or pelvic floor physiotherapist to see if pelvic floor physiotherapy is right for you. Pelvic floor physiotherapy can help improve pelvic floor muscle function and reduce pelvic floor-related symptoms.
How long does a pelvic session last? Assessment is 60 min and treatment is 30 mins
There are two main types of pelvic floor physiotherapy sessions, the initial assessment, and the treatment sessions. The initial assessment is typically one hour, while the treatment sessions are 30 minutes. The number of pelvic floor physiotherapy sessions you will need depends on the severity of your condition. Your pelvic floor physiotherapist will work with you to create a treatment plan that meets your specific needs.
Yes, walking is a great way to help relax and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. At Human Integrated Performance, we often recommend that our patients incorporate walking into their Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy treatment plan. Walking can help reduce tension in the pelvic floor and improve overall mobility. In addition, it’s a great low-impact exercise that can be done almost anywhere!
Physiotherapists and chiropractors both work in the field of physical healthcare, but their approaches and areas of focus differ. Physiotherapists, or physical therapists, are trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system, using techniques such as exercises, stretches, and various physical therapies to improve mobility, reduce pain, and prevent or recover from injuries, surgeries, or chronic conditions. On the other hand, chiropractors primarily focus on the diagnosis and treatment of disorders related to the spine and the nervous system, often employing spinal manipulations or adjustments to relieve pain and improve function. Chiropractic care tends to focus more on structural alignment, while physiotherapy often encompasses a broader range of treatment methods aimed at rehabilitating and improving physical function.
With consent, the best way to check the pelvic floor is through an internal examination. There are some situations where we can’t do an internal exam, for example, new mothers 6 weeks postpartum or post-op recovery.
Yes! Physical therapy focuses on performance and function, while chiropractic focuses on treating injuries and pain without drugs or surgery. A physical therapist will design a workout or training plan targeting specific muscles, tendons, ligaments, etc., whereas a chiropractor will manually treat those areas to improve their function.
No, Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy is not intended to make your symptoms worse. In fact, it can actually help alleviate them! Our Physiotherapists will assess your situation and create a personalized treatment plan that is tailored just for you. We take a holistic approach to treating the entire body so that you can make progress toward achieving your goals.