Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Overview
Did you know that one in three women will have some form of pelvic floor disorder at some time during her life? When it comes to bladder and bowel control difficulties, discomfort during sex, or postpartum recovery, pelvic floor physiotherapy can help.
If you have any of the following symptoms, your doctor or other health care professional may recommend pelvic floor physiotherapy. If you’re thinking about undergoing pelvic floor therapy, here’s what you need to know.
What Is A Pelvic Floor?
The pelvic floor is a collection of muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues that holds the pelvic organs in place and extends across the pelvic outlet. The pelvic floor muscles control bowel and bladder functions as well as sexual performance and organ stability.
Pelvic floor physiotherapy is a type of physiotherapy that examines and treats problems with the pelvic floor muscles and tissues. Pelvic floor physiotherapy can help with a variety of ailments, including urinary incontinence, pelvic discomfort, pelvic organ prolapse, and sexual dysfunction.
Many pelvic floor problems can be treated with pelvic floor physiotherapy. A thorough evaluation by a pelvic floor physiotherapist might assist in determining the underlying cause of your pelvic floor problem and creating a tailored therapy program to meet your specific demands.
What Can Be The Symptoms Of A Pelvic Dysfunction?
There are a variety of symptoms that can be associated with pelvic floor dysfunction. Some common symptoms include:
- Urinary incontinence, also known as leak of urine with coughing, sneezing, laughing, or while performing exercise (leakage of urine when not drinking enough), is a common problem that can be addressed.
- Urinary urgency or frequency (the desire to urinate more often than usual or a strong need to urinate)
- Pelvic pain (pain in the lower abdomen, pelvis or groin)
- Pelvic organ prolapse (the sensation of pelvic organs falling down or bulging into the vagina)
- Sexual dysfunction (pain during sex, erectile dysfunction or orgasm difficulties)
- Constipation (difficulty passing bowel movements or the feeling of incomplete evacuation)
Pelvic Floor Therapy is conducted by certified (level 1 to 3), trained and experienced female pelvic floor physiotherapists, treating both, men and women with pelvic dysfunction. Contact us to book an appointment.
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What Causes Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?
There are a variety of factors that can contribute to pelvic floor dysfunction. Some common causes include:
- Pregnancy and childbirth
- Pelvic surgery
- Pelvic trauma
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Chronic cough or constipation
Pelvic floor dysfunction can also be caused by muscle tension, nerve damage or weakness in the pelvic floor muscles.
What Is The Treatment For Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?
The treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction will vary depending on the underlying cause of the condition. Some common treatments include:
- Pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT): This is a type of pelvic floor strengthening exercise that you can do at home or with the assistance of a pelvic floor physiotherapist.
- Electrical stimulation: This is a type of treatment that uses electrical currents to stimulate the pelvic floor muscles. Electrical stimulation may be administered at home or through the assistance of a pelvic floor physiotherapist.
- Pelvic floor muscle injections: This is a kind of treatment in which medicine is injected into the pelvic floor muscles. Pelvic floor muscle injections can be done with the help of a pelvic floor physiotherapist.
- Surgery: In some cases, surgery may be necessary to treat pelvic floor dysfunction. Surgery is typically only recommended when other treatments have failed.
Pelvic floor physiotherapy can help to treat pelvic floor dysfunction and improve your quality of life. If you are experiencing any symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction, contact us today to book an assessment.
What to Expect During Pelvic Floor Therapy Appointment
A pelvic floor therapy assessment typically lasts 60 minutes. During your first appointment, your pelvic floor physiotherapist will take a detailed medical history and perform a physical examination.
The therapist can also advise on additional testing, such as pelvic floor muscle strength evaluation, pelvic floor muscular electrical stimulation, or urodynamic testing. These examinations might assist in the further evaluation of your pelvic floor muscles and the detection of any abnormalities.
Your physiotherapist will develop a treatment strategy specifically for you after your initial examination. Pelvic floor muscle retraining, pelvic floor muscle strengthening exercises, pelvic floor muscle relaxation methods, and other manual therapy modalities may all be used in the treatment process.
Each session is conducted in a private room and includes all the necessary for your comfort.
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