Our Women’s Health Clinic focuses on pelvic floor dysfunction. One in five people suffer with this condition at some point in their lives and it can lead to a range of problems including reduced bladder or bowel control (incontinence), downward movement of organs in the pelvis (prolapse) and pelvic pain. Symptoms may include leaking from the bladder or bowel, frequent passing of urine, a need to rush to the toilet, a dragging or heavy sensation in the pelvis or pain in any part of the pelvis. All of which can be very distressing and embarrassing for sufferers.
Given the embarrassment around the subject, people suffering from pelvic floor dysfunction can be reluctant to seek help and may even think the problems they experience are normal, particularly after having a baby or as they get older. It’s not uncommon for women to find ‘work arounds’ involving changes to their routine and lifestyle, drinking less or increasing the number of times they visit the toilet. Pelvic floor dysfunction can also adversely affect a sufferer’s ability to exercise, pick up children, or even cough and sneeze. But physiotherapy can help. In fact, it’s considered one of the most effective treatment options for these conditions.
After an initial assessment of the pelvic floor, a personalised plan is developed incorporating simple, safe and effective treatments including:
- A personalised pelvic floor exercise programme
- Bladder training
In many cases symptoms may resolve in as little as three months and working with a physiotherapist can help avoid the need for surgery.