How can physiotherapy help with the pelvic floor?

It can help pelvic floor in many ways depends what you're going with, what problem you're going with.

I think generally going into this job, people don't know much about their pelvic floor or I definitely didn't before I did pelvic health physio, and now I specialise in that area.

So pelvic floor physio can help you, first of all, probably connect with this to connect with your pelvic floor and help you work out what it is, what it does and how it is affecting you in your day to day.

It can help you with strengthening your pelvic floor. So if you're having problems with leakage, whether that be stress incontinence or urge incontinence, it can help with bladder retraining.

It can help with desensitising the pelvic floor so if you've got dyspareunia so painful intercourse or painful penetration and vulvodynia. It can also help with helping you to relax your pelvic floor with those kinds of pain conditions like endometriosis where you might be carrying tension in the pelvic floor.

Pelvic health physio can also help with your bowels surprisingly. So again, it can really help with urge incontinence, flatus incontinence so controlling your wind and also helping you to go. So sometimes people struggle to relax the pelvic floor with constipation restraining that can lead to other issues with the bowel.

So it helps a wide range of things. And a lot of pelvic health physios also help with pain in pregnancy, pelvic girdle pain and myself. I also work breast cancer patients as well, so it varies person to person who you see and what you need to help with, but generally it's quite a lot.
Sarah Tella

Pelvic Health Physiotherapist

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