Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
Our Pelvic Floor Physiotherapists have post-graduate university training to provide expert care for all pelvic floor problems such as urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. We also have state-of-the-art technology with pressure biofeedback and perineal ultrasound to assess the pelvic floor muscles and see them working.
Did you know?
- 1 in 3 women will experience incontinence at some time in her life?
- 80% of women can be cured of stress urinary incontinence by pelvic floor physiotherapy?
- Prolapse affects 50% of women who have had a baby?
- Most men will leak urine for some time after prostate surgery? Physiotherapy before and after prostate surgery can help bladder control
- Pelvic pain affects 1 in 5 women and 1 in 10 men? Pelvic pain and over-tight pelvic floor muscles respond to special relaxation exercises.
Pelvic floor muscles lie at the bottom of the pelvis like a mini-trampoline, supporting the pelvic organs and controlling their outlets. All men and women have pelvic floor muscles. The organs inside the pelvis are the bladder, rectum and uterus (in women). Pelvic floor muscles have many important functions including bladder and bowel control, sexual function and support for the pelvic organs. Many factors in a person’s lifetime can affect their pelvic floor muscle control – for example pregnancy and childbirth, aging, straining on the toilet, chronic coughing, prostate surgery and high impact exercise.
How can our Pelvic Floor Physiotherapists help?
- Leakage of urine, for example with coughing or sneezing, exercising or before reaching the toilet.
- Difficulty controlling the urge to empty your bladder or bowel.
- Soiling from the bowel or poor control of wind.
- Constipation or difficulty emptying the bowel.
- Pelvic organ prolapse, with symptoms of a heaviness in the pelvic area or bulging in the vagina.
- Pain with sexual intercourse.
- Decreased sensation with sexual intercourse.
- Poor bladder control following prostate surgery. Weak pelvic floor muscles or you just don't know if they are working!
Need some further support & training?
We also provide:
- Pelvic floor muscle training during and after pregnancy to prevent post-natal incontinence or prolapse.
- Advice and pelvic floor training for women before or after gynaecological surgery.
- Exercise classes for strengthening muscles in and around the pelvis and to build strong bones for osteoporosis and osteopaenia.
Pelvic floor muscle training is recommended for urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse before consideration of surgery because of the strong scientific evidence behind its effectiveness.
Our Pelvic Floor Physiotherapists are trained to assess the pelvic floor muscles, ensure you have the correct technique and supervise your training program to improve your control. These pelvic floor problems can be distressing and embarrassing to talk about. At Flex Rehabilitation Clinic, we understand that and provide professional and confidential care. Physiotherapy can help at any age, no matter how severe the problem - it is never too late to start.