Pelvic Health Therapy

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Physiotherapy

Why is Pelvic Health Important?

Pelvic floor muscles function together to maintain urinary continence, bowel movements, lumbar stability, and sexual function. Many people with pelvic pain have pelvic floor dysfunction, but specifically, hypertonic muscles or muscles that are too tight. Alternatively they can have hypotonic muscles or weak pelvic floor muscles, or a combination of both, muscles that are too tense and too relaxed.

How can I tell if I have a Pelvic Health problem?

 

Common signs that can indicate a pelvic floor problem include:

  • accidentally leaking urine when you exercise, play sport, laugh, cough or sneeze

  • constantly needing to urinate

  • finding it difficult to empty your bladder or bowel

  • accidentally losing control of your bladder or bowel

  • a prolapse (pressure, bulging or discomfort in the pelvic area)

  • pain in your pelvic area, or

  • pain during intercourse


Who’s most at risk of Pelvic Health problems?

People who are most at risk of pelvic floor problems are:

  • pregnant women

  • women who have given birth

  • women who are going through, or have gone through menopause

  • women who have undergone gynecological surgery such as a hysterectomy

  • men who have undergone surgery in the pelvic region, or for prostate cancer, and

  • elite athletes such as runners or gymnasts


This risk is higher if you:

  • have a history of back pain

  • have ever experienced injury to your pelvic region

  • are consistently constipated

  • strain when emptying the bladder or bowel

  • have a chronic cough or sneeze, including those linked to asthma, smoking, or hay fever


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