- Accidentally leak urine when you exercise, play sport, laugh, cough or sneeze?
- Need to get to the toilet in a hurry - or not make it there in time?
- Constantly need to go to the toilet?
- Find it difficult to empty your bladder or bowel fully?
- Accidentally lose control of your bowel – or accidentally pass wind?
- Experience prolapse symptoms including a bulge or feeling of heaviness, discomfort, pulling, dragging or dropping in the vagina?
- Suffer from pelvic, deep buttock or groin pain or experience pain during or after intercourse?
If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these questions it is important to seek help as these symptoms can be treated, and in many cases cured. A women’s health physio is specialised in providing advice on these problems and treating the muscles of the pelvic floor.
The pelvic floor muscles and fascia support the pelvic organs and in women these are the bladder, bowel and uterus. A weakened or dysfunctional pelvic floor may lead to many of the symptoms listed above.
What can you do?
Our women’s health physiotherapists, Annie Tey & Megan Power can provide a thorough internal assessment to find out the cause of the problem and provide you with the most up-to-date and evidence-based treatment for your specific issue. If you feel uncomfortable to go through an internal examination, we also offer real time ultrasound to look at your pelvic floor muscles activation and strength. Real time ultrasound assessment of the pelvic floor can be achieved non-invasively by placing the ultrasound probe on the lower tummy region, and using bladder movement viewed in this way as a very useful indication of pelvic floor function.
Many women are not aware of the loads that may be contributing to the weakening of the pelvic floor during day to day activities or at the gym. Your fitness instructor may also be unaware of the loads that certain exercises place on the pelvic floor and worsen your women’s health symptoms. During your treatment, Annie or Megan will educate and advise on strategies to reduce your symptoms and ensure you have optimal activation of your pelvic floor. If necessary, Annie can also provide you with a pessary to assist in supporting your organs and pelvic floor muscles, allowing you to continue exercise.