One in three women and one in eight men have a form of pelvic dysfunction that affects their quality of life. A weakened, or overactive pelvic floor can result in urinary leakage, constipation and painful intercourse. Sometimes pelvic floor issues emerge pre- or post-partum; but they can develop for other reasons as well. Pelvic floor physiotherapy can significantly reduce these symptoms, resulting in a much improved quality of life, and in some cases can help a patient avoid surgery.
What is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?
The term “pelvic floor” describes a group of muscles that support the pelvic organs (uterus, prostate, bladder, and rectum), and encompass the urethra, rectum, and vulva, and penis. These muscles span from the pubic bones to the tailbone, like a hammock. If these muscles are too tight, weakened, injured (or a combination of all the above), it can result in incontinence, or difficulty with bowel function, and/or sexual function.