The Breakdown: Pelvic Health Assessments
After learning about pelvic floor physiotherapy (PFPT) in general, why you would go to PFPT, and the functions of the pelvic floor, you might be wondering about what’s involved in an pelvic health assessment. Read below to find out!
Keep in mind, this is just a brief overview of my approach to an assessment and that it might look a little different if you see another practitioner. The KEY thing to remember in any assessment and/or a treatment session is that nothing should happen without your consent and that consent process is ongoing. You always, always, always have the right to say no, or to ask questions about a certain part of the assessment/ treatment.
Subjective history: One of the most important parts of the assessment. A ton of valuable information is gained from learning about your story. I ask about your current symptoms, past medical history, lifestyle factors, and your goals. Typically after the subjective I have a fairly good idea about what to expect in the objective exam!
Objective analysis: I look at how you move from head to toe, and then take a closer look at any areas of limitation/ pain.
Internal exam: I start by talking you through what the exam entails as well as potential alternatives. With your consent we proceed with an internal vaginal and/or rectal exam.
Education: I always use the pelvis model to educate you about the pelvic floor and factors that might be influencing your symptoms
Homework: Another important piece! Your success in physiotherapy is largely determined by the work that you put in at home. I work with you to develop a plan that fits into your life so that you can achieve your goals.
Everyone has a different path in physiotherapy, and that's why we can't use a cookie cutter approach. Different people will succeed with different care plans and the assessment is the point where we start to map out what that plan will look like for you!