The pelvis is a large bony structure located between the torso and the legs. It is formed by the sacrum and coccyx in the back, and by a pair of hips bones on either side that connect to the front by cartilage called the pubic symphysis. The pelvis is lined with a group of muscles called the pelvic floor muscles. The pelvic floor muscles work together silently to support the pelvic organs and facilitate bowel, bladder, and sexual function. When there is a disturbance in these muscles, pain and dysfunction can occur.
A physiotherapist specialized in treating pelvic floor dysfunction can properly identify issues in the pelvic floor and help alleviate symptoms and improve body function through hands on manipulation, exercise prescription, and education. A pelvic heath physiotherapist can treat the following conditions:
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a form of therapy that uses low-voltage electrical current for pain relief.
Your physiotherapist will determine if TENS is appropriate for you. Should your treatment program include TENS, your physiotherapist will assist you with set up and teach you how to use the TENS unit at home.
TENS units can be rented for a base fee.