Adult Pelvic Health
Conditions: Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Urinary and Fecal Incontinence, Overactive Bladder, Interstitial Cystitis, Pain with Intercourse, Constipation, Painful Bladder Syndrome, Pregnancy-related Pain, Non-Bacterial Prostatitis
Pediatric Pelvic Health
Conditions: Urinary Incontinence, Bed-wetting, Encopresis, Bowel Dysfunction
Note: this is not an exhaustive list. Please feel free to contact Wildrose Physiotherapy with any questions you may have.
What is a Pelvic Floor?
The pelvic floor consists of muscle, nerves, fascia (connective tissue) and ligaments located at the pelvic outlet, running from the tailbone to the pubic bone, and between the sit bones. It essentially forms the bottom of a bowl. There are three main functions to the pelvic floor: support for the internal pelvic organs, maintenance of continence (control of bladder and bowel function), and sexual functions.
The pelvic floor muscles work in conjunction with the diaphragm and abdominals to provide control and support of the lower back and pelvic region. There is a strong connection between breathing and pelvic floor function; while breathing in, the pelvic floor relaxes, and while breathing out, the pelvic floor contracts – similar to a piston. The pelvic floor is also coordinated with our abdominals too. In order to maintain proper function, the muscles of the pelvic floor need to contract and relax with proper speed, coordination and strength.
Although common, it is not normal to experience pressure or pain in the pelvic region, to have leakage (urine, gas, or stool), or to experience urgency (bowel/bladder). If you are experiencing any leakage, pain, urgency, or feelings of pressure please contact your regular health care provider regarding treatment options. The interplay of emotions, previous experiences, hormones, ligament/joint integrity, connective tissue mobility, muscle tightness, and muscle coordination need to be assessed and addressed during treatment. Interventions may involve the use of pessaries, counselling, medications, physiotherapy, and/or surgery.
Meet Your Therapist
Kaeleigh has lived in Yellowknife since 2015. Her previous experience is in private orthopedic clinics in Alberta and the North. Now she has decided to focus her practice on the world of pelvic health, a very rewarding field. It is Kaeleigh's goal to improve each patient's quality of life by addressing their specific goals. This involves creating an individualized treatment plan, and adapting the plan based on each individual's response to treatment.
Kaeleigh is eager to provide private pelvic health physiotherapy, Yellowknife!