Women’s Health: Pelvic Floor and Incontinence

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Women’s Health Physiotherapy is the therapeutic treatment of all disorders affecting the pelvis and pelvic floor.

Our physiotherapy can help with the following conditions:

  • Leaking when you cough
  • Prolapse
  • Pelvic pain
  • Constipation

We understand that these can be very embarrassing topics to discuss and most women don’t realise that they can be eradicated or vastly improved using physiotherapy techniques.

A structured exercise program to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles is effective in reversing the symptoms in 80% of women.

Let’s start with the pelvic floor. We’ve all heard of it but some may not know exactly what it is – let me explain.
The pelvic floor is the group of muscles that supports the pelvic organs and form the birth canal and passages for urine and stool.
Imagine a hammock lifting and supporting the pelvic organs above…that’s your pelvic floor!

These muscles play a vital role in keeping us continent, but also in child birth, sexual intercourse, allowing us to urinate and open our bowels too.

If your pelvic floor muscles are too weak or too tight (they could be both), then this can cause problems:

  • Urinary or bowel incontinence
  • Increased frequency of urinating
  • Urgency
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Painful sex
  • Unexplained pelvic pain
  • Constipation

Even though some of these problems are common…they are not normal, no matter how old you are!

Following an assessment, treatment may include:

  • Advice and education
  • Pelvic floor exercises
  • Bladder retraining
  • Use of biofeedback, electrical muscle stimulation
  • Trigger point/soft tissue work
  • Use of dilators
  • Relaxation breathing

We work with you to find out what the problem is, then create your individual treatment plan which we support you with to get back to normal and pain-free functioning.

Ali Cann is our specialist senior women’s health physiotherapist at KTB.
You can see her from Wednesday – Friday at our Bexley Clinic.

Contact us to make an appointment.