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Pelvic Health Physiotherapy: What to Expect at Your First Visit

We often get asked so many wonderful questions regarding the first visit with a pelvic floor physiotherapist and what to expect. In light of this, we have gathered all of these questions here to help you prepare for your first visit.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is pelvic health physiotherapy?

Pelvic floor physiotherapy is a specialized branch of physical therapy that focuses on assessing and treating issues related to the muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues in the pelvic region.

What should I wear to the appointment?

Wear comfortable clothing that allows easy movement, such as workout attire or loose-fitting pants. Avoid wearing dresses or tight jeans.

Is there anything I need to do to prepare for the appointment?

There's typically no specific preparation required. If you have any relevant medical records or test results, you can bring them along.

How long does a typical session last?

A standard pelvic floor physiotherapy initial assessment are 1 hour and follow-up appointments are 30 minutes. 

What can I expect during the assessment?

The assessment will involve discussing your health history, symptoms, and concerns. This information helps them understand your background and potential contributing factors to your pelvic health concerns. The physiotherapist will work with you to develop goals for therapy and what you hope to achieve through pelvic health physiotherapy. This helps us tailor the treatment plan to your individual needs. A physical exam will be performed which includes but is not limited to: posture, movement scans, strength, flexibility and abdominal examination. Depending on your comfort level, an internal examination may be completed. This involves the physiotherapist inserting a gloved and lubricated finger into your vagina (for female patients) or rectum (for male or female patients) to assess the strength, tone, and flexibility of your pelvic floor muscles. This examination provides valuable information about muscle function and any areas of tension or weakness.

Remember that pelvic health physiotherapists are experienced professionals who prioritize your comfort and well-being. You're encouraged to ask questions, voice any concerns, and communicate openly with your physiotherapist throughout the assessment process.

What if I get my period right before my appointment? 

Depending on your comfort level, you might discuss the option of rescheduling the appointment for a more suitable time. Alternatively, you can choose to proceed as planned, and your openness about your menstrual cycle will assist the physiotherapist in adapting the assessment techniques for your comfort. We will ensure that here is adequate sanitary protection if an internal examination is completed. Ultimately, your comfort and preferences take precedence, and we are well-equipped to accommodate your choices and create a respectful environment.

Is pelvic health physiotherapy covered by my private insurance or OHIP?

Pelvic health physiotherapy is covered by extended health benefits, it falls under your physiotherapy benefit. It is recommended that you contact your insurance provider to determine how much physiotherapy coverage you are entitled to, as this can vary between insurance companies. Unfortunately our clinic does not provide pelvic health physiotherapy under OHIP (there are a few located within the GTA).

How many treatments will be required?

The number of sessions varies based on your condition and progress. The physiotherapist will discuss a personalized treatment plan with you. We will typically have follow up visits every 2-4 weeks. Typical number of treatments varies between 6 to 12.

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