What to Expect at Your First Pelvic Health Visit

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Pelvic health symptoms can be embarrassing and stressful, but they don’t have to be.

This piece will give you a little piece of mind regarding your first pelvic health examination with us, and how we can help you get better! Pelvic health weakness can be caused by many different instances… for more general information on pelvic health symptoms, causes, and function, you can read more on our website here.



Aspire physiotherapy Edmonton south goal on your first visit is to examine your current complaint and get to know you better. Learning your family, social and medical history among other questions will help us help you better. These will all be filled in yourself upon arrival at the clinic for your first time, and as such, we ask that you arrive 10 minutes early to ensure plenty of time with your physiotherapist. Once all paperwork has been filled in, you will be led to a private room where you will change into a gown and meet with your pelvic health physiotherapist.

Questions we may ask include:

  • Family/social/medical history
  • Your work and other physical activities
  • Urogynecology history
  • Bowel and bladder habits
  • Menstruation, pregnancy or childbirth history (for womxn)
  • Existing pain and complaint
  • Your goals



Once you’ve met our pelvic health physiotherapist, Carrie Tam, and discussed your pelvic health symptoms, she will begin the internal and external examinations. Internal assessments help us understand and diagnose the pelvic floor muscles more thoroughly, but if you are uncomfortable with this, you are always free to discuss this with the physiotherapist on the date of your appointment. You may also choose to have another person in the room with you.

External assessment may include:

  • Tenderness along abdomen, thighs, groin and lower back
  • Evaluation of prolapse
  • Reflexes and response to cues
  • Abdominal muscle separation / rectus diastisis
  • Breathing patterns
  • Any external pain
  • Tissue mobility in abdomen, thighs, groin and lower back

Internal assessment may include:

  • Tension/tenderness points along the pelvic floor
  • Ability to relax pelvic floor muscles
  • Reflexes and response to cues
  • Strength and endurance testing
  • Gloves and lubricant used to conduct internal assessment vaginally or rectally (dependent on case)



Pelvic health treatments are usually only needed every 2-3 weeks for continued treatment to ensure that your goals are met and symptoms are managed. This may vary depending on your diagnosis and treatment plan created with the physiotherapist. It’s important to note that internal assessments will not be conducted if you are pregnant, and that you have the option to opt out of internal assessments if you are not comfortable at any time.


For pelvic health physiotherapy pricing, please click here.

If you have any further questions or would like to book an appointment, please contact us.

Disclaimer:  this article nor the provided information replaces care and advice provided by healthcare and medical professionals, and is meant only as a guide and informational tool.