In women, the pelvic floor is comprised of the muscles, ligaments, connective tissues and nerves that support the bladder, uterus, vagina, rectum and small intestines. The muscles of the pelvic floor connect to the pubic bone in front, to the tailbone in the back and to the ischial tuberosities or sitz bones on either side.
When our pelvic floor muscles are unhealthy they can cause be the cause of many problems. Women need to connect and be aware of with these very important muscles and learn how to keep them healthy and strong (yet still relaxed and not in spasm) No other set of voluntary muscles (muscles that we have direct control over) is as important, and yet is so consistently ignored in medicine and in our exercise regimes.
The Pelvic floor muscles have 5 functions:
- Maintaining control of our bladder and bowel
- Allowing sexual function and pleasure
- Providing support to our internal organs so that our bladder, uterus, and intestines stay in the abdominal cavity where they belong
- Providing support for our pelvis, hips, and low back so that we can function without pain
- Helps our circulatory system get the blood and other body fluids from the legs back to the trunk and heart
What is pelvic floor physiotherapy?
Specialized Physiotherapy is becoming well known as a first-line of defence
against Incontinence, Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Pelvic Pain.
Pelvic floor dysfunction is very common and it is estimated more than one third of all women will experience
symptoms at some point in their lifetime.
Most women will never bring up their symptoms because they are embarrassed or think it is normal especially after having a baby.
Many times women are told to “just do their kegels”
Kegels are NOT always indicated for pelvic floor problems. Sometimes they do more harm than good, and quite often they are NOT performed correctly.
PELVIC FLOOR PHYSIOTHERAPY CAN HELP TREAT…
- Even a small “insignificant” leak is a sign of a problem. Get it fixed before the problem becomes a big one!
- No one want to be wearing pads every day, and its not something you need to live with just because you are a Mom!
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Did you know your pelvic organs ( bladder, uterus, and rectum) can drop, fall, and even be pushed out of your body?
A strong healthy pelvic floor can prevent it, correct and keep your pieces in the right place.
Consider pelvic floor physiotherapy, surgery should be a last resort!
- The pelvis is the centre of your body, its where we balance, sit, derive pleasure, grow our babies.
- Pelvic pain and show its self in many forms.
Vaginismus, Vulvodynia, Painful intercourse, Intersistial cystitis ( painful bladder), endometriosis
- As well as chronic low back pain, hip pain, pubic symphysis and Sacroiliac joint pain, or tailbone pain
Prenatal and Postpartum Care
During pregnancy our bodies go through huge changes, and for some women its when problems with posture, pain, and leaking begin.
We can help with
- Low back pain, hip pain, Pubic symphysis pain, Sacroiliac joint pain
- Diastasis Recti – Mummy Tummy / abdominal separation
- Preparing for delivery and recovery
- Incontinence – even small leaks 🙂
- Posture correction and prevention of future problems
- Smart and safe exercise during pregnancy and after birth
Even if you are feeling great during your pregnancy, come see us to learn how to carry, birth, and recover with knowledge and power.
See us after to detect problems early and help your body optimally recover while caring for your babe.