Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy is helpful for people who are suffering with pain in their pelvic floor. It includes specialized exercises that help to strengthen and stretch your pelvic floor muscles.
The therapy helps to relieve underlying pain, myofascial pain and helps with the symptoms of endometriosis, vulvodynia, and pelvic organ prolapse.
We have a specialized staff at our clinic who are experienced in understanding and treating women who have pelvic health issues. We start with treating your underlying pelvic pain and conditions to offer you comprehensive care. But before we start with this, let’s learn about the pelvic floor.
What is Pelvic Floor?
Pelvic Floor are the muscles that provide support to women’s reproductive and urinary tract, including the bladder, uterus, and rectum, while also covering a part of the urethra and vagina. These muscles are attached to your pelvis, tailbone, and sacrum. Not only do they provide support, pelvic muscles also control bladder, and bowel functioning.
When these muscles dysfunction, they cause pain and other issues that affect your daily lifestyle.
Pelvic floor physiotherapy can help ease the pain and its related symptoms while getting your muscles back to normal functioning.
What are the functions of the pelvic floor?
Pelvic floor muscles perform a lot of functions for our body, such as:
- It provides support for the pelvic organs, like the bladder, intestines, and uterus
- It ensures sphincteric continence for bladder and bowel
- It contributes to sexual function
- It offers stability, strength, and coordination for lower back pain, pelvic girdle pain, and hip pain
- It pumps blood and lymph back to the heart
- It helps to maintain optimal intra-abdominal pressure
How can Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy help?
Pelvic floor physiotherapy involves the internal and external assessment, and treatment of the pelvic floor muscles. The treatment addresses the pain, weakness, and dysfunction in the pelvic floor muscles. It works on the symptoms that women are experiencing and reduces them to provide relief. For instance, there are symptoms that require relaxing and lengthening of the muscles, while others need strengthening of the muscles.
Some symptoms that can be reduced with pelvic health physiotherapy include:
- Urinary Problem, including
– Urinary Incontinence
– Urinary Frequency
– Urinary Urgency
– Painful Urination
– Difficulty in starting or finishing urine
– Difficulty in fully emptying the bladder
- Bowel Problems
– Faecal Incontinence
– Pain during bowel movements
- Pain during sex
- Other pain, including
– Pelvic pain
– Rectal pain
If you face any of the symptoms, pelvic floor therapy is the right treatment that you need to get into better health. If you don’t get treatment at the right time, the pain can worsen leading to other issues as well.
Who can benefit from Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?
Every woman who is suffering with pelvic pain can benefit from physical therapy. It is an effective treatment to find relief and move freely.
At Proremedy Physiotherapy, we know every woman is different, so we offer personalized treatment plans as per their needs. We begin with knowing what is going on with the pelvic area of our patients and the symptoms that they are suffering with.
Till date, we have treated several patients who were suffering from problems in their pelvic area. There were symptoms they thought were normal but did not know they could be treated.
What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
If there is severe damage to your pelvic floor muscles, it may also cause Pelvic Organ Prolapse. Women suffer with pelvic organ prolapse when their pelvic organs, for example, vagina, uterus, bladder, rectum protrude inside or outside of the vagina. Hence, these muscles shift out of the place. This happens because of inappropriate muscle tone and asymmetries that are caused by trauma to the pelvis.
Other reasons could be age, family history, pregnancy, and hormonal status, they may also lead to the development of pelvic organ prolapse.
- If you have a weak abdominal wall, it increases pelvic organ prolapse because the increased intra-abdominal pressure forces your organs downwards. It cannot handle the pressure within your abdomen.
- A Rectus Diastasis, also known as separation of your rectus muscles results from a weakened abdominal wall.
- Maintaining good posture is crucial. Hyper-lordosis (swayback) causes a decrease in efficiency of the pelvic floor and increases pelvic organ prolapse. A narrowed lordosis lessens the effectiveness of the pubic bone to support the internal organs. You must find a neutral lumbar posture for it.
- Increase in thoracic kyphosis, also known as rounded shoulders brings your abdominal wall in an efficient position leading to an increase in pelvic organ prolapse.
- You may also suffer from chronic constipation. Sitting on the toilet with magazines or your phone causes hemorrhoids and prolapsed bladders. Straining and pushing contributes to the development and worsening of pelvic organ prolapse.
Women usually face these conditions after they give birth to a child. Therefore, most women think it is natural to suffer with pelvic floor dysfunction, however, this is not the case. There are solutions to this problem and you must go for them, instead of suffering.
To repair the pelvic floor muscles, surgery can be helpful. However, to strengthen these muscles specialized pelvic floor exercises for women can be performed under the guidance and supervision of a pelvic floor physiotherapist.
When should you visit a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist?
If you are noticing problems with your pelvic floor muscles, it is the right time to visit a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist. Unlike muscle strains or injuries that can disappear with time, pelvic dysfunction can get worse over time.
If you have a minor issue or mild incontinence, then it is better to correct it when it is in the initial phase, than correcting it when it has been worsening for several years. Through physiotherapy, it is feasible to treat pelvic pain and sexual dysfunction as early as possible.
You can book an appointment with us today to get the right pelvic health solutions and treatment from our experts.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy work to provide relief?
Yes! Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy is an effective treatment to strengthen your pelvic floor and find relief from pain. Research has proved the same several times in the past.
How does a physio check the pelvic floor?
Physiotherapists use one or two fingers to check the pelvic floor muscles internally. They also check for pelvic organ prolapse or any tight areas internally. They might ask you to relax or contract your muscles during the time.
How much time is taken to strengthen the pelvic floor?
It takes at least 4 to 6 weeks to notice some improvement in the pelvic floor. However, it may also take as long as 3 months to see a significant change. After some time, you can also do a single pelvic floor contraction when you feel you are going to have leakage.
Can pelvic floor physical therapy help to treat urinary incontinence?
Yes! Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy can treat urinary incontinence. Incontinence refers to the lack of voluntary control over urination or defecation. It is one of the major reasons people see therapy. It is caused by a weakness in pelvic floor muscles.
Physiotherapy helps to strengthen a patient’s pelvic floor which helps to regain voluntary control over it.