Here are the top 5 reasons to seek Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy:
1. You’re pregnant! Congratulations!
Seeing a pelvic floor physiotherapist at this time can be beneficial for a number of reasons. Physiotherapists can educate you on what to expect during your pregnancy, give you some tips and tricks to help prevent pain and discomfort with the growing belly, and provide you with safe activities and exercises that can keep you active throughout your pregnancy. A pelvic floor physiotherapist can also assess your pelvic floor strength and treat any enduring low back pain, hip pain or pelvic pain that may arise during your pregnancy.
2. You’ve given birth, but still noticing a doming of your belly?!
You may have Diastasis Recti, or ‘Mummy Tummy’. A pelvic floor physiotherapist can assess whether or not you have an abnormal separation of your abdominal wall, and through exercise and education, help to repair the separation. If you have undergone a cesarean section or had some tearing as a result of delivery, physiotherapy can help to treat the effects on your pelvic floor muscles and the surrounding tissues.
3. You’re leaking and you don’t like it!
There is a common acceptance amongst women that have had children and are now incontinent. News flash, this can be resolved! A pelvic floor physiotherapist can assess and treat stress and urinary incontinence, and get you back to exercising and lifting up your baby without any leaking!
4. Experiencing lower back, hip, abdominal or pelvic pain?
A pelvic floor physiotherapist can provide a thorough assessment to find the root of your pain. This assessment may include, but is not limited to, observing your posture, range of motion, breathing pattern and assessing your pelvic floor muscles. Treatment may involve a combination of manual therapy, education, exercise prescription, taping and acupuncture to help restore full function and eliminate pain and discomfort.
5. POP! (pelvic organ prolapse)
Are you noticing pressure or fullness in the pelvic area? The frequent urge to urinate? Pain with intercourse? You may have a prolapse of your bladder, your rectum or your uterus into the vaginal wall. This can cause a dysfunction in your pelvic floor muscles resulting in urinary leakage. A pelvic floor physiotherapist can assess for a prolapse and provide you with information regarding safe exercises, activities you should avoid, and help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles to counteract the effects of the prolapse.
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