Ever suffered from pelvic pains or inconsistency and did not know what to do? Or maybe you knew you needed to visit a pelvic health physiotherapy clinic and you did not know what to expect? Well, this article will help you understand how a pelvic health clinic operates and what you expect when you visit to see your physiotherapist.
Pelvic health physiotherapy clinic aims at correcting pelvic floor dysfunction by engaging different excises. Pelvic floor dysfunction refers to a condition where a person is unable to relax fully and to coordinate the muscles of the pelvic floor in order to urinate and also to pass bowel. This dysfunction can also paintings after sex in women and erectile dysfunction in men.
This pelvic dysfunction can be characterized either by weak pelvic muscles or very tight pelvic muscles.
What is the pelvic floor?
It refers to a group of muscles that are found at the base (floor) of the pelvis (torso). It is therefore the home of vital organs such as the prostate for men and uterus for women, bladder, and rectum. The muscles together with other ligaments and tissues on the pelvic floor act as a support structure for these organs.
Signs and symptoms of the dysfunction
- Problems passing your bowel
- Incomplete passing of the bowel
- Leaking or lose urine or stool
- The need to use the bathroom too many times
- Pain during the passing of bowel and also during urination
- Lower back pains which have no explanation
Causes of Pelvic floor dysfunction
- Serious traumatic injuries around the pelvic floor area for example during a road accident.
- Women can suffer from dysfunction due to pregnancy. This happens after giving birth especially if a woman’s labor went on for long or she strained in the course of pregnancy.
- Surgery of the pelvic can also lead to pelvic dysfunction.
- In cases where one is overweight.
- Age advancement.
- Overusing the muscles around the pelvic area. Overusing includes activities such as visiting the bathroom many times and also pushing sometimes too hard.
The approach gave during physiotherapy sessions in a Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Clinic
- The physiotherapist takes a detailed history of the dysfunction.
- External examinations assess posture, strength, and movement of the lower back, pelvis, and hips.
- If need be, an internal examination which is done vaginally for women and rectally for men.
- A treatment plan that is individually fashioned from the results of the examination. The treatments range from exercises, manual therapy, modification of lifestyle to electrotherapy, and other relaxation techniques. Some of the exercises include squats, bridges, and bird dogs among others.
- Follow up sessions for the therapist to assess the progress.