Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy is an exciting and growing field of Physiotherapy!
A field in which physio's, whose interests lie in the holistic management of Neuro-Musculo-Skeletal function, focus on resolving symptoms relating to the pelvic region.
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles, at the base of your pelvis, which sling like a hammock from your coccyx, pubic symphysis and sit bones. This group of muscles function with surrounding tissue to;
Control the Lumbo-pelvic region
Support Pelvic Organs (Bladder, Bowel, Uterus)
Maintain Continence (Urinary, Fecal)
Allow Passage of Urine and Feces
If you have been to a physio before you will be aware of the fact that 'everything is connected'! Therefore, assessment and treatment is not limited to your pelvis. You may find that your headaches are linked to your rectus diastasis or even incontinence! With this in mind, you will be assessed and treated holistically to ensure that your symptoms are managed effectively.
It is possible to experience pelvic floor dysfunction in any stage of life, from; childhood, puberty, pregnancy, postpartum through to post-menopausal. I'd like to highlight that symptoms are not limited to your child bearing years.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, mention it to your Physio in your next appointment so that you may be referred accordingly.
A Few examples of the 'symptoms' you may be experiencing:
Pelvic pain - Pelvic girdle pain (coccyx, pubic symphysis, SIJ, pelvic region, gluteals, hips, lower back), Pain during sex (dyspareunia), Vulvodynia (Vulvar pain), Vaginismus, Pain with inserting a tampon, Episiotomy or perennial scar related pain, Pregnancy related pain (Coccyx, pubic symphysis, SIJ, Lumbar)
Pelvic floor weakness - Incontinence (leaking urine or faecal matter), Stress incontinence, Urge incontinence, Frequent Urination, Menopause related pelvic floor weakness (Vaginal atrophy), postpartum pelvic floor weakness, post operative loss of control.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse - Descent or protrusion of Pelvic organs (cystocele - Bladder, urethrocele - Urethra, Rectocele - Rectum, uterocele - Uterus, rectal prolapse)
Dysfunction - Constipation, Incontinence, Lower back pain, Sciatica
Surrounding Tissues - Rectus Diastasis (abdominal separation), Back pain
Surgical - Cesarean section scar adhesion, Abdominal surgery scarring