For many, pelvic floor physiotherapy is an effective tool to relieve and resolve various medical issues. Many physical conditions can be traced to weakness or tightness in the pelvic muscles. Some of these issues are common, but need treatment to reduce pain and allow a patient to function normally.
You may need pelvic floor physiotherapy if you experience:
Problems with the pelvic muscles cause difficulty controlling the bladder and bowels, resulting in a need to relieve oneself multiple times during the day. Causes include muscle weakness — and damage to nerves or pelvic floor (from childbirth or surgery). It is possible to leak urine when laughing, sneezing, or exercising, making some routines more challenging. Incontinence is especially disruptive in cases of nocturia, a condition where sufferers wake up repeatedly in the night to relieve themselves.
Weakness in the pelvic muscles may create difficulty with bowel movements. Chronic constipation can damage muscles and nerves in the pelvic floor through repeated straining; this also leads to increased urinary frequency from pressure placed on the bladder.
Problems with the pelvic floor can also make it difficult to urinate. When bladder muscles are damaged, they’re unable to contract. A person may be unable to release urine, or cannot completely empty the bladder.
Prolapse refers to organs dropping down inside the body. For the pelvis, this may happen with the bladder, uterus, or rectum. Organ prolapse is usually not associated with pain, but it contributes to urinary or bowel problems thanks to the proximity of these organs. Some signs of organ prolapse include a bulge in the pelvic region and perineal pressure that can be relieved by lying down.
Many muscles in the body are closely connected to others. The pelvic muscles are closely linked to back muscles, and some back pains originate in the pelvis. This discomfort can reach as far as the hamstrings, originating from the obturator internus muscle. Any unexplained muscle pain in the legs and back are reason for a checkup with your GP and physiotherapist to verify if the pelvic floor may be an influence.
Pain during intercourse is a serious sign of problems with a woman’s pelvic floor. The agony can be intense enough to make intimacy impossible, and can last for some time after sex. For men, pelvic floor pain can cause erectile dysfunction.
In Canada, up to 30-40% of women suffer from urinary incontinence during or after pregnancy. Pelvic floor dysfunctions affect men and athletes –stress, nerve damage, and medication all can play a role. Fortunately, these problems can be addressed by qualified, licensed physiotherapists.
For pelvic floor physiotherapy and other treatments to reduce pain and improve your lifestyle, contact Oriole Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Centre at (416) 221-0772. We offer different treatment options for chronic conditions to help relieve pain and speed recovery.