Help! I have Problems with My Pelvic Floor

It seems obvious to state that women's health is a specialist area, due to the biological differences between men and women. However, the complexity of the multiple roles most women manage in modern society can, at times, put us under extreme pressure. Typically, if the pressures are endured for any length of time, it will have both psychological and physical effects - which can be treated, if identified early. One of the most significant events in a woman's life, and often the most joyful, is giving birth. However, it is also the one event that can cause ongoing physical pain throughout the remainder of her life.

Pregnancy and child birth both place enormous strain on the mother's body, and even though she may have no general health problems throughout the pregnancy and have a trauma-free birth, her body has undergone significant change. Without professional assistance to restore muscles as much as possible to their pre-birth state (or better!), the new mother is at risk of a weakened pelvic floor, and sporadic episodes of lower back pain. If left untreated, this situation is exacerbated by subsequent pregnancies.

The long-term result can be either stress incontinence, which occurs when coughing or sneezing; or urge incontinence, where there are frequent, sudden urges to use the toilet. These symptoms are usually caused by an organ prolapse. Many women turn to surgery to correct this problem, without being aware that in many cases, physiotherapy can produce the same result - without the need for any surgical procedure. This area of women's health requires a city physio who is specially trained in the range of exercises and specialised treatments that can deliver excellent results.

Lower back pain is another debilitating condition that often results from the extra work carried out by body during pregnancy. Physiotherapists are invaluable in providing relief from pain and discomfort through gentle exercise to relieve tension in the lower back, and other exercises specifically designed to strengthen the back. It is important not to ignore this pain and simply write it off as part of pregnancy, because if it is left untreated, it can recur at any stage later in life.

With women's health and of course the health of the baby being of the utmost importance, doing exercises throughout pregnancy without the supervision of a trained physiotherapist can be risky and dangerous. A physiotherapist knows the type and intensity of exercise suitable for the different stages of pregnancy, and understand the specific discomfort that many women experience during this amazing time. After being under this expert care throughout pregnancy, right up to birth, continuing with a physio after the birth is extremely beneficial in getting women back into shape, and helping with any residual lower back pain they may be experiencing.

A physiotherapist will also advise new mothers on the best ways to pick up and hold their infant to prevent any unnecessary strain on their body. Instead of thinking of physiotherapy as something just for sports people or recovery from accident or injury, women need to acknowledge how valuable their health is to themselves and their families, and attend a consultation. The results will both surprise and delight, allowing you to be your very best.


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