How to become a pelvic floor physiotherapist
Different provinces have different regulations, so it is important to contact your provincial college to find out what their regulations and training requirements include for pelvic floor physiotherapists. Students and recent graduates should note that some provinces do not allow students or physiotherapy residents to practice pelvic floor physiotherapy.
Often, a physiotherapist will begin offering pelvic floor physiotherapy services after completing an introductory course that includes training in internal (vaginal and rectal) examination and treatment. There is currently no specific pelvic floor physiotherapy curriculum offered in Canada, and course content differs between providers. Two Canadian companies that frequently offer introductory pelvic floor physiotherapy courses are Uro-Santé based in Montreal, which offers "The Physiotherapy Approach to Female Urinary Incontinence" as an introductory course; and Pelvic Health Solutions, based in Toronto, which offers "The Physiotherapy Approach to Female & Male Urinary Incontinence" as an introductory course.
Pelvic floor physiotherapists treat patients with a wide variety of health challenges, such as fecal and urinary incontinence, retention and urgency, painful intercourse, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic/genital pain. Since introductory courses cover only urinary incontinence, many pelvic floor physiotherapists choose to do several courses in different domains of pelvic floor physiotherapy, rather than taking only an introductory course.
We recommend contacting your provincial college with any questions you might have about how to become a pelvic floor physiotherapist.