Physiotherapists with a special interest in continence & women’s health address a broad range of issues including:
The fact is that these issues affect men, women & children with 2 in 5 women experience incontinence, and 4.6 million people experience some form of incontinence in their lifetime. Most people are too embarrassed to ask for help.
Physiotherapy should be first port of call for treatment of incontinence; it’s world’s best practice & is about 16 times cheaper than surgery. Physiotherapy has an equally high success rate* -
None of these issues are normal -
*Source for all statistics is the Continence Foundation of Australia.
Continence & Women’s Health
The pelvic floor
These muscles extend like a sling from your pubic bone (front) to the sacrum (back) and holds the organs (bladder, uterus, prostate & bowel) in the abdomen, not allowing them to sink down into the vagina.
Weak pelvic floors occur with childbirth, obesity & chronic constipation. Pelvic floor physiotherapists have done further education to allow them to help you work out the most likely cause of your problem -
Menopause & our body
As we age we can fear coughing, laughing, sneezing or jumping, & struggle to manage leaking or back pain.
Because collagen & oestrogen levels decrease with age & menopause, our pelvic floors become more susceptible to damage, leaving us with an increased risk of incontinence & pelvic organ prolapse.
A weak pelvic floor allows abdominal pressure to cause urinary leakage with activity and by pushing pelvic organs downwards, cause persistent back pain. Plus -
Prevention is the best solution -
Did you know that by the end of pregnancy the weight of the baby on the pelvic floor can be equivalent to that of a 100kg man standing on a trampoline?
Women have an increased risk of leaking urine, bowl problems & prolapse after childbirth -
Although most problems improve over the first six months, pelvic floor training when done correctly can help, & in cases where problems continue longer than six months -
Penny has individual assessments and small group sessions to help with lumbopelvic and pelvic floor weakness.
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