By Adelaide Women's Physio | June 15, 2017
The pelvic floor consists of a group of muscles that lie at the base of the pelvis. They attach from your tail bone (coccyx) at the back to the pubic bone at the front and to the sitting bones at the side of the pelvis.
The pelvic floor is important for:
- Preventing leaking of urine, stools or wind
- Supporting your organs
- Sexual function
- Optimal postural control
Pelvic floor issues can occur at any age but are more common during pregnancy, postnatally, menopause and aging. Some common pelvic floor problems seen at Physiotherapy for Women include:
- Leakage of urine, wind or stools
- Bladder or stool urgency
- Prolapse of pelvic organs into the vagina or rectum
- Pain and/or discomfort with sexual intimacy, vaginal examinations or with tampon use
- Lack of sensation with sexual intercourse
- Lower back or pelvic pain
Our Physiotherapists at Physiotherapy for Women have the required postgraduate training in pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation and pelvic health. They will listen to your story before performing a thorough assessment to understand your pelvic floor muscle and pelvic soft tissue presentation.
The assessment findings will be discussed with you and a management plan drawn up, taking into account your work/home schedule and goals you may have. The management plan will highlight the physiotherapists treatment approach and your home management program.
Treatment may include pelvic floor muscle training, muscle release techniques, relaxation, postural adjustments, exercise, education and advice. Your physiotherapist will help you in understanding your pelvic floor, bladder, bowel or pain issue and the potential reasons for why you are experiencing what you present to us with.
We will always work with you to help you recover and enjoy an active, healthy lifestyle.