Physiotherapy for What??
Updated: Sep 11
As a physiotherapist who works in pelvic health it can be easy to forget that pelvic physio is not a well known concept in the general population. When I was applying to be a physiotherapy student I had NO IDEA that this was an avenue I could pursue. As I became interested in this mysterious world, it was more and more evident just how important it was and how many people needed help with their pelvic floors. Read on to learn more about pelvic physio: what it is, and how to know if you need it!
What is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy consists of the assessment of the pelvic floor in order to treat dysfunctions such as: incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic pain (just to name a few). Now you might be asking yourself “Why do these dysfunctions happen???”. Well, just like any other part of our body there are muscles, tissues and nerves that make up our pelvic floor. These structures can become painful, overactive and/or under-active, that can lead to some very common dysfunctions. In brief, your pelvic floor physiotherapist can work with you to help activate, strengthen and/or relax the muscles of your pelvic floor, which can help you overcome these conditions and get you back to doing what you love most!
How do I know when to see a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist?
Anyone can benefit from a pelvic floor physiotherapy appointment!! It can help you become more in-tune with a part of your body that most people typically ignore. It can be preventative and give you the awareness to know if something is wrong. That said, you should definitely book an appointment if you're pregnant or postpartum, if you can't control your pee or poo, if you're feeling an increased sense pressure or heaviness in your pelvis or abdomen, if you have pain in your pelvis, hips, low back, or if you have pain with sex.
If you have any questions about pelvic physiotherapy feel free to leave a comment below! If you're unsure if pelvic physiotherapy is right for you or if you want to send a private note contact me here and I'd be happy to help!