Symptoms of urinary or fecal incontinence, sexual dysfunction, pelvic pain or prolapse can be highly distressing and have major impact on activities of daily living, relationships and general quality of life. Physiotherapists trained in this special area understand the life impact of pelvic floor dysfunction.
Physiotherapy aims to provide education on the presenting problem and strategies to gain more control and improve overall quality of life.
Did you know that 36% of women over the age of 45 years suffer from incontinence? You will probably also be surprised to know that 12% of young women who have never had babies also have trouble with their waterworks!
Most women consider their toilet habits ‘normal.’ But are they?
Do you leak (even small amounts) when you cough/sneeze/lift/exercise?
Do you experience a very strong urge to pass water?
Can you always hold on until you get to the toilet or do you sometimes leak on the way?
If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions then we can help.
We can also assist with various musculoskeletal changes that occur in the child-bearing year. Basic antenatal or postnatal exercise programs are designed for each patient. In addition, further strategies are used to effectively treat:
These conditions are often greatly relieved with various strategies including pain relieving modalities, deep massage and other manual therapies, core-stability muscle strengthening, postural stretches, specific muscle balancing and co-ordination techniques (including retraining, positioning and patterning) and sometimes external supports and splints.