How can pelvic floor problems develop?
The pelvic floor muscles can be weakened by childbirth, surgery, heavy lifting, being overweight, menopause or constipation. For other patients, the pelvic floor muscles may be overactive. Over activity in your pelvic floor muscles can cause difficulty with intercourse, emptying your bladder or bowel, and using a tampon. Patients with overactive pelvic floor muscles won’t benefit from strengthening the pelvic floor because they need to be taught how to relax the muscles.
5 signs that you need Pelvic Floor Therapy
- Urinary issues, such as frequent urge to urinate, incontinence or painful urination
- Constipation or bowel strains
- Pain or pressure or muscle spasms in the low back, pelvic region genitals or rectum
- Discomfort during sexual intercourse
- A bulge at the opening of the vagina or feeling that something is falling out from the vagina
What does a pelvic floor therapist do?
Physiotherapists that have undergone special postgraduate training are authorized to assess the pelvic floor. During a detailed examination, your physiotherapist will determine the reason for your pelvic symptoms. It is important to determine this, as your pelvic floor muscles can be either weak or overactive. The pelvic floor therapists at Family Physiotherapy are also trained manual therapists. This training allows them to focus on the big picture, assessing not just your pelvic floor, but also your back, pelvis and hips
, in order to develop a comprehensive treatment plan. We have previously discussed the anatomy of the pelvic floor the evidence for pelvic therapy.