Who Would Benefit from an assessment by a Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Physiotherapist?
Men and women of any age can get help from a Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Physiotherapist if they suffer from any of the issues below:
- Bladder or bowel problems such as poor control. Symptoms, such as needing to rush to get to the toilet, leaking before you get there, going frequently or leaking with effort for example when you cough, sneeze, lift or run.
- Gynaecological issues such as prolapse, pelvic pain, or painful sexual intercourse.
- Bladder control issues while pregnant or after having a baby.
What can I Expect from a Typical Session?
Your physiotherapist will initially spend time discussing your condition with you: this will ensure that your therapist has a thorough understanding of what you consider to be your main problem, as well as providing you with a full picture of the way in which your pelvic floor may be affecting your bowel, bladder and sexual function.
Normally, your pelvic floor will then be assessed internally, via your rectum or vagina for women. Your therapist will then assist you to train your pelvic floor effectively and facilitate correct activation patterns. Biofeedback tools may be used to help you develop awareness and control of these muscles. For those with very tight pelvic floor muscles, manual massage and stretching techniques may also be used. Typically, your therapist will provide you with an exercise or training program to practice independently at home; this will assist you in achieving optimal pelvic floor function.
We also support men before and after prostate surgery, and those with voiding problems, bowel and bladder control issues, pelvic pain and erectile dysfunction. Whilst it can be difficult discussing these sensitive issues, we encourage you to seek help as your physiotherapist can assist you with your quality of life.
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