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Pelvic floor muscle training or "Kegel" exercise is becoming more established in the literature to treat bladder, bowel and sexual issues such as incontinence. However, not everyone will benefit from it. Many times, incontinence, pelvic pain, and other symptoms can be associated by many other factors, including tension, mental disorders, stress, lifestyle and more.
Pelvic floor muscles are located at the base of the pelvis and act as a sling supporting the bladder and rectum in males, and the bladder, the uterus and the rectum in females. These muscles can sense whenever there is change in pressure (for example when you cough or sneeze) and contract to support the organs, at the same time clamping the urethra tube to prevent urinary leakages.
PELVIC FLOOR PHYSIOTHERAPIST, such as myself, receives specialized training to be able to assess the pelvis internally and externally, and diagnose bladder, bowel and sexual conditions. Holistic pelvic health goes beyond assessing the pelvic floor, it addresses each individual and body uniquely, with the goal of identifying key factors (physical, emotional or psychosocial) contributing to the dysfunction/ disease/condition.
Over the years, I have helped over 2,000 individual with pelvic health related problems, making them less stressed, more productive, and most definitely a little happier. I am humbled by the great feedback I received throughout my career, as it validades my mission of improving people's quality of life, health and well-being.
Sam has taken the time for me to develop trust, encourages me to be part of my treatment plan, and continues to display a weath of knowlegde. And without hands on/ invasive treatment (as I have history of sexual trauma and PTSD), I have noticed improvements - not just physically but mentally. I highly recommend Sam Hughes if you are in need of pelvic floor physiotherapy. She is not just knows what she is doing, but she is also kind, compassionate and has a good sense of humour.
I have been struggling with vulvodynia since I was a teen. For years, I had no idea what to do with the constant pain, irritation and burning sensation accompanied by an uncomfortable feeling in my hip/pelvis.
Sam kindly introduced to me to her field of expertise, and treated this sensitive issue with utmost professionalism and compassion.
For many years, Sam has been an invaluable resource for both my female and male patients. Whether the problem is pelvic pain, stress incontinence or pre/post prostatectomy care, Sam has the knowledge and experience to help manage these problems.
I highly recommend Sam as a pelvic health physiotherapist.
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This guide is recommended by health care practitioners/ surgeons and pelvic health physiotherapists as a must read before or after prostate cancer surgery.
I am a licensed physiotherapist, holistic pelvic health practitioner and an educator. My approach to healing is to address all the independent parts that can affect pelvic health (emotional, physical or psychological). I treat urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain syndromes (interstistial cystitis, prostatitis, pelvic girdle pain), sexual pain (vulvodynia, dyspareunia, vaginismus), constipation, fecal incontinence (or bowel incontinence), diastasis recti, over-active bladder, and more.