Pelvic floor dysfunction can affect both men and women of all ages and is not a normal part of aging or a consequence of child-birth.
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that create a sling to support your internal organs as well as controlling bladder and bowel movements by constricting and relaxing the urethra and rectum.
Pelvic floor dysfunction occurs when these muscles are weakened, often following a trauma or pregnancy, or they may be high in tone and have an inability to relax to allow the easy passing of bladder and bowel movements.
Pelvic floor dysfunction may also occur when the group muscles have poor endurance and have difficulty working for long periods of time or they have difficulty coordinating their movements correctly.
Complications of pelvic floor dysfunction:
• Urinary incontinence
• Faecal incontinence
• Constipation/ obstructed defecation
• Obstructed voiding
• Sexual dysfunction
How can Physiotherapy help?
Our physiotherapists are trained to be identify, diagnose and treat pelvic floor dysfunction. To have the best understanding of your individual needs, you physiotherapist will conduct a thorough assessment.
Treatments of pelvic floor dysfunction will be directed to your specific condition and may include:
• Learning techniques of how to re-train the pelvic floor muscles
• Exercises for strengthening the pelvic floor
• Exercises for relaxing the pelvic floor
• Exercises for improving muscle coordination.
If required, physiotherapists may refer you on to other services and health professionals if your condition requires further input or intervention.