Urinary incontinence is the inability to hold urine in, which often leads to the involuntary loss of small amounts of urine. Pelvic floor physiotherapy can help with urinary incontinence by strengthening muscles that help you control urination and bowel movements. It also helps to decrease pain that may be associated with an overactive bladder or pelvic organ prolapse. Urinary incontinence is a problem that often occurs after childbirth. If you are experiencing any bladder control issues, please seek help from your doctor or health professional. Pelvic floor physiotherapy can help train the muscles responsible for urinary continence so that you can manage these symptoms.
Physiotherapy and rehabilitation are related but different healthcare fields. Physiotherapy is a specific aspect of rehabilitation focused on diagnosing, managing, and preventing physical impairments, disabilities, and pain through exercise, manual therapy, and modalities. Rehabilitation, on the other hand, is a broader term that encompasses restoring function and independence to a person affected by injury, illness, or disability and may involve multiple healthcare professionals.
Strengthening your pelvic floor muscles can be done by doing specific exercises called ‘Kegels’. Your physiotherapist will discuss the best techniques and provide you with easy-to-follow information that you can do in the comfort of your own home. If you are experiencing issues with your pelvic floor, it’s important that you seek help and address the issues with a professional. Pelvic floor dysfunction can have negative effects on the quality of life for both men and women. A weak pelvic floor can impact home and work activities, personal relationships, social lives, and mental well-being.
Yes, pelvic floor muscles training can work. It is very hard to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles when the conditions in your pelvis are wrong which may be why you have a problem in the first place. A physiotherapist can help sort out these issues and provide specific exercises for you and also advise on lifestyle changes and other factors that may be affecting your pelvic floor muscles.
Pelvic floor physiotherapists treat a range of conditions and problems that can affect the strength and function of your pelvic floor muscles. These include bladder problems such as urinary stress incontinence, bowel control issues such as rectal prolapse and uterine prolapse, chronic straining to pass stools or gas, pain during intercourse (dyspareunia) and erectile dysfunction.
The pelvic floor muscles support the bladder, bowel and uterus. When these muscles are weak or lose force they may not be able to provide adequate support for your pelvic organs. This can lead to incontinence or organ prolapse. The pelvic floor serves many important functions in the body.
The pelvic floor is made up of a layer of muscles covering the bottom of the pelvis that support the bladder, bowel, and reproductive organs of men and women. These are known as pelvic organs. The pelvic floor is a structure of muscles that run like a hammock from the front of the pelvis to the tailbone. The pelvic floor muscles have the ability to move up and down and gain strength through exercise.