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Pelvic Health Physiotherapy
Pelvic pain and dysfunction can be experienced by men and women. Variations of pelvic pain can include vulvodynia, vaginismus, vestibulodynia, rectal pain, prostatitis, and dyspareunia (painful sex).
Involuntary loss of urine from sneezing, coughing, and exercise is called stress incontinence. Urge incontinence is a strong, sudden urge to void (urinate) that cannot be controlled. Both of these issues can be effectively treated with pelvic health physiotherapy.
Pelvic organ prolapse is a functional problem that occurs when a pelvic organ-such as your bladder-drops (prolapses) from its normal place in your lower belly and pushes against the walls of your vagina. It is often felt as an annoying protrusion (bulge) at or near the vaginal opening, which may or may not be accompanied by perineal pressure (pressure between your vagina and anus) This can happen when the muscles that hold your pelvic organs in place get weak or stretched from things like childbirth, chronic constipation, chronic cough or surgery.
Lower back and hip pain
If you are experiencing ongoing lower back or hip pain, that has not resolved with other conventional treatments, it could be attributed to pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. Studies have shown that pelvic floor dysfunction and respiratory dysfunction are the two leading contributors to chronic low back pain.
Pain during pregnancy is quite common, and can be alleviated and treated. It typically presents as pain in the sacro-iliac joints and/or the pubic bone, and is a result of imbalances in the pelvis due to the laxity of the ligaments that accompany the changes in pregnancy.
When muscles within the pelvic floor fail to relax appropriately this lack of coordination can interferes with moving your bowels, causing functional bowel constipation. Chronic constipation is frequently a cause of damage to the pelvic floor muscles and ligamentous support. It can cause stretching of the pudendal nerve due to prolonged and repetitive straining (leading to pelvic floor weakness secondary to nerve damage) and also exerts more pressure on the bladder and urethra which may cause increased urinary frequency or retention.
Urogynaecological dysfunction is a risk with postmenopausal women and with better understanding and care of the pelvic floor, care and comfort can be increased.
You don’t need to live with frequent urination issues. If they are severe, your overall pelvic health may be a concern.
How can I help?
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy
During the initial assessment and treatment, internal and external techniques are used to properly assess and treat the pelvic floor, and associated issues.
Pelvic pain and incontinence can be treated with a non-invasive pelvic floor physio treatment.
Along with consultations and treatment, I provide pelvic health education to help keep you informed and knowledgeable of all your options.