Interstitial Cystitis Treatment

Are you tired of painful, urgent urinary urges?

​Our experienced pelvic floor physiotherapists can help you regain control of your bladder and return to your daily life with confidence! We have been successful treating Interstitial Cystitis both in-clinic and both in-clinic and and online.


Interstitial cystitis (IC), or painful bladder syndrome, is associated with pain and pressure of the bladder and potentially in the areas around the pelvis such as the lower back or may experience Vulvodynia (in people with vaginas), or pain around the testicles. Symptom intensity is variable from person to person, ranging from mild to severe and can be either intermittent or constant. Patients will often complain of symptoms ofoveractive bladder andUrinary urgency; they may even have a constant urine urge that does not go away. Typically, most patients suffering from IC note that there are certain dietary or lifestyle triggers to their symptoms. IC can come along with other fibromyalgia, IBS, dyspareunia.


There is no definitive consensus on a cause for IC, however there are some theories:
  • An autoimmune disorder, where the body attacks itself, negatively affecting the quality of the inner lining of the bladder.
  • Irritating factors within the urine itself damage the inner lining of the bladder
  • A specific inflammatory cell releases chemicals which then leads to IC 
  • Certain changes to the nervous system occur, which cause the local nerves to perceive normal situations, such as the bladder filling, as a painful experience.


Your pelvic floor physiotherapist is there to help guide you to identify possible triggers for your symptoms and to help you manage your symptoms. Through careful bladder retraining, they can teach you how to manage your urine urges and decrease the frequency of bathroom visits. They can also help you by managing any pelvic floor muscle dysfunction that may be contributing to your discomfort. IC is associated with tense pelvic floor muscles, and so specific exercises and manual techniques to manage this tension can be effective in alleviating symptoms.

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