What is pelvic floor physiotherapy and how can it help me?

Pelvic floor physiotherapy is a specialized type of physiotherapy that focuses on the muscles, nerves, and connective tissue in the pelvic area. The pelvic floor muscles support the bladder, uterus, and rectum and can become weak or tight due to pregnancy, childbirth, surgery, and other factors. Pelvic floor physiotherapy can help:

  1. Pelvic floor muscles: These are a group of muscles located in the pelvic region that support the bladder, uterus, and rectum and help to control bowel and bladder function.
  2. Bladder: The bladder is a muscular sac in the lower abdomen that stores urine until it is eliminated from the body.
  3. Uterus: The uterus is a muscular organ located in the pelvic region that supports the growth and development of a fetus during pregnancy.
  4. Rectum: The rectum is the last part of the large intestine, which stores and eliminates solid waste from the body.
  5. Pregnancy: Pregnancy is the state of being pregnant, in which a woman carries a developing fetus inside her uterus.
  6. Childbirth: Childbirth is the process by which a baby is born, typically involving labor and delivery.
  7. Surgery: Surgery is a medical procedure that involves the use of surgical instruments to cut, repair or remove tissue from the body.
  8. Bladder and bowel control: Bladder and bowel control refer to the ability to hold and release urine and feces at the appropriate times.
  9. Pain and discomfort: Pain and discomfort refer to physical sensations that can be caused by injury, illness, or other factors.
  10. Sexual function: Sexual function refers to the ability to have sexual intercourse and experience pleasure and satisfaction.
  11. Pelvic organ prolapse: Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition in which one or more of the pelvic organs (such as the uterus or bladder) drops from its normal position and pushes against the vaginal walls.
  12. Pelvic floor physiotherapy exercises: These are a set of exercises that are specifically designed to strengthen and relax the pelvic floor muscles, improve bladder and bowel control, alleviate pain and discomfort, and improve sexual function.
  13. Manual therapy: Manual therapy is a type of physiotherapy that involves the use of hands-on techniques to manipulate and massage the muscles and tissues in the pelvic area.
  14. Biofeedback: Biofeedback is a technique that uses electronic monitoring to provide feedback on the activity of the pelvic floor muscles, helping the patient to learn how to properly engage and relax these muscles.