Tailored pelvic floor exercise plan – just for you
Chronic Pelvic Pain | Diastasis Recti | Sexual Dysfunction | Massages
Womens health physiotherapy
1 in 3 women are said to experience problems regarding their bladder, bowel or pelvic floor at some point in their lifetime. But when it comes to seeking help, women tend to be embarrassed or do not realise the kind of help available. This only leads to additional problems such as incontinence, vaginal prolapse, pain during sexual intercourse or constipation.
Many women experience pain in their pelvic joints during pregnancy – and it can be debilitating. A consultation with our branch, The Women’s Health Clinic, can help you begin alleviating these problems. With the right assessment, advice and treatment techniques, these problems can be made managable.
An example is as follows. Pelvic Organ Prolapse (or POP) is when pelvic floor muscles and ligaments are weak and stretched that they can no longer support the uterus (womb). Symptoms include the bladder or bowel bulging against the vaginal bowel alongside lower back pain or difficulty emptying the bowel and bladder. There is no single cause for this – instead there are many. These include frequency heavy lifting, constipation, pregnancy and childbirth, obesity, abdominal or pelvic surgery or as part of the ageing process. Follwing a careful assessment by a Women’s Health Clinic physiotherapist, we can offer a tailored pelvic floor exercise plan for mild to moderate prolapses.
Chronic Pelvic Pain
Chronic pelvic pain is the term given to pain within the pelvic floor muscles at the entrance to the vagina. This pain is localised in the rectum or pelvis and can cause either continuous pain or pain during sexual intercourse. The cause is often unknown but, if left untreated, it can result in a variety of conditions including:-
- Pudendal Neuralgia – This is where compression of the pudendal nerve causes pain, especially when sitting.
- Vulvodynia – This is the term given to persistent, unexplained pain in the vulva- skin around the vagina.
- Vaginismus – This is an involuntary tightening of the pelvic floor muscles resulting in intense pain and can lead to the inability to have sexual intercourse.
- Interstitial Cystitis – Which is also known as `painful bladder syndrome’ can be caused by chronic inflammation of the bladder wall. This can result in pain within the urethra, vagina or abdomen. Symptoms include frequency and urgency with passing urine.
Tight or overactive pelvic floor muscles may contribute to chronic pelvic pain. The aim of the treatment plan is to release these muscles using a variety of treatment techniques. After an individual assessment, this plan may include manual therapy to the pelvic floor (stretching, lengthening and restoring function). Breathing exercises may also be used, as well as relaxation strategies and specific strengthening exercises that may improve function and consequently quality of life.
Pelvic girdle pain (previously called Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction or SPD)
Pelvic girdle pain is very common and thought to affect 1 in 5 pregnant women. It can result is pain anywhere around the pelvic joints and the intensity varies with each individual. Physiotherapy can significantly help to reduce the pain and improve mobility following thorough assessment to produce an individualised treatment plan. This plan may include exercises, advice about posture and the use of support aids where needed.
This is the term used when the two muscles that run down the middle of your stomach become separated during pregnancy. This is the result of a natural separation rather than a tear or a split in the muscles. It can result in a noticeable bulge especially when getting out of bed or out of the bath. If the gap is greater than 3 cm, then physiotherapy is recommended.
Women can develop sexual problems at any time of their lives and are often unsure about where to go for help. Here at The Women’s Health Clinic, our physiotherapist Kirsten has a post graduate diploma is psychosexual medicine. Her approach to the management of sexual problems such as pain and fear, combines counselling alongside physical examination such as desensitization work.
Supervision and advice can be given in the use of a number of aids (such as dilators) designed to help in symptom relief. First appointments will take one hour in order to facilitate rapport with clients. A safe and confidential environment is provided to all clients to enable open discussion of matters which may be of an intimate nature.
Massages are a great a complement to other treatments! Swedish messages are gentle, relaxing and bring a sense of wellbeing. Sports massages however tend to be much more vigorous and are ideal for ladies who are keen on loosening up their muscles when returning to exercise.
Prior to any hands-on therapy, there will be an in-depth interview to check a client’ health status to ensure the appropriate type of massage is given. We believe that client safety is of major importance, so clients will be asked questions regarding allergies, ongoing health issues and medical history.
Clients who attend for a massage will be given basic postural advice and tailored information on suitable forms of exercise. A list of current medication will also be required prior to treatment.
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