Women’s Pelvic Health
Pelvic Floor physiotherapy is becoming more established in the research as a first line of defence against Incontinence and Pelvic Pain for women. Pelvic Floor Dysfunction can be caused by:
- Hypotonicity(Weak Pelvic Floor Muscles): Weak pelvic floor muscles can contribute to Stress Incontinence and Pelvic Organ Prolapse. Incontinence is NOT a normal part of aging.
- Hypertonicity(Tight Pelvic Floor Muscles): Tight pelvic floor muscles can contribute to Urinary and Fecal Urgency, Urge Incontinence, Chronic Pelvic Pain, Dyspareunia, Vaginismus, Vulvodynia, Pudendal Neuralgia, and Interstitial Cystitis
When our pelvic floor muscles are unhealthy they can cause a host of problems as mentioned above. Women need to connect with these very important muscles again. No other set of voluntary muscles (muscles that we have direct control over) is as important, and yet is so consistently ignored in medicine and in our exercise regimes. These important muscles have five major functions including:
- Maintaining continence of our bladder and bowel
- Allowing sexual function and pleasure
- Providing support to our internal organs so that our bladder, uterus, and intestines stay in the abdominal cavity where they belong
- Providing support for our low back so that we can function without pain
- Helps our circulatory system get the blood and other body fluids from the legs back to the trunk and heart
We need to connect with our pelvic floor muscles (know how to keep them strong, yet relaxed) throughout our life span to ensure that we have healthy functioning of all of these important activities.