Pelvic Floor Therapy to Restore Natural Function

Conducted by our women's health physiotherapists and osteopaths, pelvic floor therapy is a type of physical therapy specifically designed to treat the muscles and tissues of the pelvis.

A pelvic floor is a group of muscles, ligaments, and tissues that support the bladder, uterus, and rectum. These muscles and tissues can be weakened or damaged by pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, obesity, or other factors. As a result, typically women and men may experience incontinence, pelvic pain, or sexual dysfunction.

Pelvic floor therapy can help to strengthen and tone the muscles and tissues of the pelvis, relieving these symptoms. In addition, pelvic floor therapy can also help to improve sexual function.

Ultimately, the aim is to resolve any symptoms you may be experiencing and to prevent dysfunction, such as incontinence or prolapse, from occurring.

Regain control of your body. If you are experiencing any pelvic floor dysfunctions, book a Women Health Initial Assessment with Nordic Balance.

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Addressing Pelvic Floor Pain and Dysfunction with Pelvic Floor Therapy

A Physiotherapist or an Osteopath will conduct your assessment.

Assessments typically involve specific history-taking, examinations, internal evaluation and treatment, and a personalised and individual management plan. Treatments may include - manual therapy, advice and exercise prescription. 

Your therapist will likely offer guidance on how to contract the pelvic floor, specific pelvic floor exercises and activities to strengthen other muscle groups, such as the glutes.

If necessary, your therapist can also offer referrals for scans or appointments with gynaecologists, dermatologists, MSK consultants, psychologists and nutritionists.

After your appointment, you should feel more confident about what to do next to improve your symptoms or general pelvic health, including what exercises are best to do, which ones to avoid and how to connect and contract/release the pelvic floor.      

How long and how many sessions will I need? 

The length of treatment generally lasts for 30-or-45 minute sessions. The number of sessions varies from case to case and can range from a single treatment/check to a few months of management, depending on what is happening.

Are pelvic floor examinations painful?

Examinations should not be painful. If the symptoms presented indicate a possibility of pain, then the examination will be very slow with lots of communication. Patients always have the opportunity to stop or pause the examination and are encouraged to explain what they are feeling/experiencing. 

Can I have a pelvic floor assessment if I'm post-natal?

Internal examinations can happen anytime from 6 weeks. Even if it has been a long time since you have had your baby – 6 months or even years afterwards, it can still be helpful to come for an assessment to help identify or prevent pelvic floor-related issues. Learn more about Post-Pregnancy treatments.

Can I bring someone with me for support?

Yes! Always bring someone with you if you feel it may help you in the session. 



Pelvic Health Pre and Post-Pregnancy

During pregnancy and childbirth, pelvic floor muscles can become weak or damaged, often resulting in incontinence, prolapse or other disorders. Pelvic floor therapy is effective at offering relief before, during and after vaginal or C-section deliveries. Therapy can help to improve muscle tone, reduce scar tissue, prevent abdominal separation, improve incontinence and prevent the development of prolapse.

Pelvic Floor Pain & Sexual Dysfunction

Pelvic floor pain and sexual dysfunction are common symptoms of pelvic floor disorders. Women with pelvic floor disorders may have difficulty achieving orgasm or experience pain during intercourse. Pelvic floor therapy can also address disorders such as vaginismus or vulvodynia. The therapist will work to strengthen and stretch the muscles and tissues of the pelvic floor to relieve pain and improve function.

Address Bladder Pain & Endometriosis

Women's pelvic floor therapy is often overlooked, but it can greatly impact various common pelvic issues such as bladder pain syndrome, endometriosis or interstitial cystitis. Through targeted exercise and manual therapy techniques, pelvic floor therapy can help improve the strength and flexibility of the pelvic floor muscles, providing relief from symptoms and promoting overall pelvic health.

Treating Menopausal Symptoms

Menopause can often lead to pelvic pain, incontinence, and weakness. In addition to addressing immediate concerns like incontinence and pelvic pain, pelvic floor therapy for menopause symptoms can also help to alleviate discomfort, prevent prolapse and improve sexual function. It is never too late to improve the strength and health of your pelvic floor muscles, and pelvic floor therapy can provide long-term benefits.

Julieann Gillitt

Juliann Gillitt is a renowned Cranial Osteopath in London, specialising in craniosacral techniques. Her expertise in this field began after witnessing the distressing colic experienced by her first nephew, which sparked her interest in physical therapy. Determined to understand the underlying mechanics and provide relief, she pursued a Master's in Osteopathy at the prestigious British School of Osteopathy. As her passion for pediatric care grew, she furthered her knowledge with a postgraduate program at the Osteopathic Centre for Children, where…

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