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Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

What is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?

Pelvic floor physiotherapy focuses on the muscles located in the pelvic area. These muscles support organs like the bladder, uterus, and rectum. The therapy aims to strengthen and rehabilitate these muscles to alleviate and prevent various health issues.

The Anatomy of the Pelvic Floor

The pelvic floor is a complex structure comprising muscles, ligaments, and nerves. It’s crucial for maintaining continence, supporting pelvic organs, and playing a role in sexual function.

Common Conditions Treated

Pelvic floor physiotherapy can address a range of conditions, including incontinence, pelvic pain, and issues related to postpartum recovery and prostate health.

Incontinence and Pelvic Pain

Many individuals experience urinary or fecal incontinence and chronic pelvic pain. Pelvic floor therapy offers non-invasive solutions to these problems.

Postpartum Recovery

After childbirth, women often face pelvic floor issues. Physiotherapy can aid in recovery and strengthen the pelvic muscles.

Prostate Health

Men undergoing prostate surgery can benefit from pelvic floor exercises to improve recovery and urinary control.

Benefits of Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

The therapy offers numerous benefits, including improved bladder and bowel control, enhanced sexual health, and overall quality of life improvement.

Improved Bladder and Bowel Control

Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles can lead to better control over bladder and bowel functions, reducing the risk of incontinence.

Sexual Health Benefits

A strong pelvic floor can enhance sexual sensation and function, contributing to a healthier sex life.

Overall Quality of Life Improvement

By addressing pelvic floor issues, individuals can enjoy a more active and comfortable life.

Offers evidence-based, patient centered health issues including:​

  • Urinary incontinence male /female
  • Urgency/Frequency
  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Constipation
  • Perineal Pain (Dysparenia, Vulvodynia, Vaginismus, Vestibulodynia, Testicular pain, Penile pain, Persistent
  • Genital Arousal Disorder)
  • Urologically- based pelvic pain ( Bladder pain syndrome/ interstitial Cystitis and Non-bacterial Chronic Prostitis)
  • Low back Pain and Pelvic Girdle pain
  • Pre and post-partum care

Kegel Aerobics – also referred to as pelvic floor exercises) are done to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. Kegel exercises not only can help prevent your urine from leaking, but can also help prevent the accidental passing of stool or gas and may even help to improve your orgasms.

Keeping these muscles ‘fit,’ helps keep your uterus, bladder, and your bowel from sagging down into the vagina. If this happens, the condition is called pelvic organ prolapse.

Repeatedly contracting and relaxing the pelvic diaphram.

Repeatedly stretching and relaxing both Pubococcygeus muscles.

Repeatedly stretching and relaxing both Pubococcygeus muscles.

Breathing exercises are very important when treating persistent pelvic pain.

First, those in pain tend to breathe more shallowly, which doesn’t allow for your muscles and organs to stay well oxygenated. Second, the pelvic floor muscles form the bottom of the trunk, or core muscles, and the diaphragm is the roof of the trunk, or core muscles.

Therefore, there is an important coordination that occurs between the diaphragm and the pelvic floor. If you do not do deep diaphragmatic breathing during the day, then your pelvic floor will stay tense and rigid, leading to more pain. 5-10 minutes of deep breathing several times per day, with an awareness of the lengthening of the pelvic floor (dropping) during the breath in, and the natural elevation of the pelvic floor during the breath out will help to develop some Pelvic Floor Rhythm throughout your day.

This will lead to less tension in all of your muscles.

A woman doing a yoga pose on the floor.

Please note:

Pelvic health physiotherapy should be the first line of treatment for people experiencing any incontinence, pain or dysfunction. A pelvic health physiotherapist is qualified and trained to conduct an internal and external evaluation of the pelvic floor. To properly access the strength and tension of these muscles a vaginal and/or rectal exam may be performed.

Pelvic floor physiotherapy is a valuable and often underutilized resource in healthcare. It offers a non-invasive, effective approach to managing a variety of conditions related to pelvic health. By breaking down taboos and increasing awareness, more individuals can benefit from this therapy, leading to improved quality of life and well-being. Whether you are recovering from surgery, experiencing discomfort, or simply looking to improve your pelvic health, pelvic floor physiotherapy is a viable and beneficial option. Remember, seeking professional advice and committing to the process are key to reaping the full benefits of this therapeutic approach.

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