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  • Writer's pictureChantelle Morrissey

How can Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy help kids?

Updated: May 1, 2023


The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that support the pelvic organs and control continence. In c

hildren, pelvic floor problems can arise from a variety of causes, including constipation, lack of sensation and body awareness, behavioural issues and can lead to bedwetting and toilet training difficulties. Pediatric pelvic floor physiotherapy is a specialized area of physiotherapy that focuses on helping children with these issues, improving bladder and bowel control, and enhancing quality of life.

What is Pediatric Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?

Pediatric pelvic floor physiotherapy is a non-invasive and holistic treatment approach that focuses on the physical, emotional, and behavioral aspects of pelvic floor problems in children. Physiotherapists trained in pediatric pelvic floor physiotherapy use a variety of assessments (such as assessing positioning, breathing and the presence of faecal impaction/constipation using Real Time Ultrasound) and techniques (including exercises, manual therapy, dietary changes and behavioral modification) to help children improve their bladder and bowel control. This can help children gain control of their bladder and bowel in a non-invasive and supportive manner.

Benefits of Pediatric Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy:

  1. Improved Bladder and Bowel Control: Pediatric pelvic floor physiotherapy helps children develop better bladder and bowel control, reducing the risk of accidents and incontinence.

  2. Achieving Toilet Training: Toilet training can be a challenging time for both children and parents. Pediatric pelvic floor physiotherapy can help children with toileting difficulties, making the process smoother and more successful.

  3. Long-term Solutions: Unlike medications, pediatric pelvic floor physiotherapy provides long-term solutions to pelvic floor problems, reducing the risk of recurrence and improving overall health and well-being.

Pediatric pelvic floor physiotherapy is an effective treatment approach for children with bladder and bowel control problems, incontinence, and toileting difficulties. Often children struggling with continence are called "lazy" or scolded for their inability to control their bowel or bladder. We are passionate about children being positively supported with their struggles to achieve continence. If your little one is struggling with toilet training and incontinence, contact our team today to discuss how we can help them.

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