Pediatric Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation: Child Happy on Potty

Lana Berton P.T. is experienced in pediatric pelvic floor rehabilitation. She utilizes her extensive pelvic floor physiotherapy education to help children in the Windsor area through the emotional and sensitive journey of taking control of their bladder and bowel functions.

A pelvic floor is a group of muscles that attach from the front of the pubic bone to the tail bone and to the sides of each femur. They form a sling that helps support the pelvic organs and assist with continence. It is possible for children to experience dysfunction of their pelvic floor muscles just like adults. The pelvic floor muscles work opposite from the bladder muscle to maintain proper bowel and bladder function. Poor muscle coordination or weakness or tightness of the pelvic floor may result in various dysfunctions such as urinary incontinence.

Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation with Non-Invasive Physiotherapy

Non-invasive physiotherapy can be a successful option for the millions of children that suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction. Children with pelvic floor dysfunction may suffer from embarrassment, shame, social isolation, and behavioural problems.

Pelvic floor rehabilitation can provide your child and family with the tools and support to take control of your child’s bladder and bowel functions.

Your child may have a pelvic floor dysfunction if they are experiencing the following:

Bedwetting (Enuresis)
Urinary Incontinence/Leakage
Urinary frequency or urgency
Fecal Incontinence/Leakage
Chronic constipation
Urinary retention
Painful urination or defecation
Genital or rectal pain
Vesicoureteral Reflux (backflow of urine towards the kidney)
Abdominal bloating or gas

Left untreated, these symptoms may persist into the child’s adult life.

What can I expect during my first appointment?

There is no internal exam required for a child. The mom/dad/guardian is always present during the exam and treatment. The initial evaluation usually includes a thorough health history, a review of any special tests that have been performed, a review of the child’s eating habits, a musculoskeletal exam, and a visual exam of the perineum.

What does treatment entail?

Treatment will vary depending on the child’s specific needs but may involve:
Education about the pelvic floor and function
Drawing Miss Lana a picture of their kidneys/bladder/pelvic floor
Completion of a bowel and bladder diary for 3-7 days
Behavioural or diet modification
Manual therapeutic techniques
Muscle-strengthening or relaxation
Home exercise program

This can be an emotional and sensitive journey for your child and family and we’re here to help. Please call Berton Physiotherapy & Chiropractic to make an appointment with Lana Berton, Pelvic Health Physiotherapist at 519-966-8200.