- 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?
- Accidentally lose control of your bowel – or accidentally pass wind?
- Have a prolapse (e.g. a bulge or feeling of heaviness, discomfort, pulling, dragging, dropping in the vagina)?
- Suffer from pelvic 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 physio, Megan Power, is able to educate and advise on ways to reduce excessive loading of the pelvic floor as well as teach the correct activation of the pelvic floor muscles. 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.
Therefore, the assessment with a women’s health physio includes a thorough history of previous pregnancy/childbirth, bladder and bowel habits, daily routine and exercise routine, as well as a physical examination. Here at Physiotec we also offer real time ultrasound in order to look at the deep muscles surrounding the hips, pelvis and lower back which may be a part of the treatment process in order to help the patient visualise correct muscle activation patterns.