Pelvic Health Physiotherapy is a specialized Physiotherapy treatment for bladder and bowel incontinence, painful intercourse, pelvic pain and pelvic girdle problems. Many men and woman suffer silently without realizing that there are effective, evidence-based treatment solutions. Physiotherapists who have a specialized skill-set and training are able to assess the pelvic floor internally to understand pelvic problems and how they may be contributing to the low back and hip problems. Pelvic floor dysfunctions are more common than you can imagine:
- 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men will experience incontinence in their lifetime
- 78% of women with chronic low back pain also have signs urinary incontinence and a dysfunctional pelvic floor
- “It is normal to leak after having children”
- “Incontinence is a normal part of aging”
- “A lot of women leak when they cough, sneeze, laugh or workout”
- “I have a very small bladder so I have to go to the bathroom a lot”
- “At times, sex is painful – maybe I’m just not in the mood”
Although these are extremely common problems – they are not normal! Most often these problems are caused by issues in the pelvic floor muscles. Sometimes these muscles are weak; however often these muscles are tight.
A Physiotherapist can help. Physiotherapists that have additional training in pelvic health can help you regain control of your bladder and return to all of your normal activities. Issues in the pelvic floor are often multi-factorial, so it is important to be properly assessed by a Physiotherapist. You will have more success if you know exactly what problems need to be addressed. Not everyone needs to do more kegel exercises! When it comes to frequency, urgency and an overactive bladder, it is common to have incontinence and leakage due to tight pelvic floor muscles. If the pelvic floor is tight, it may not be weak, and in this case doing kegel exercises can actually make your problem worse.