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Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Pelvic floor dysfunction is a condition in which the muscles of the pelvic region are weak or damaged. Its a common but often overlooked condition that can have a significant impact on an individuals quality of life. The pelvic floor is a group of muscles and tissues that support the organs in the pelvis, including the bladder, uterus, and rectum. These muscles help to control the release of urine and feces, and also play a role in sexual function. When the pelvic floor muscles are weak or damaged, they may not function properly, leading to a range of symptoms. For example, an individual with pelvic floor dysfunction may experience incontinence, difficulty controlling bowel movements, and pain during sex. These symptoms can be embarrassing and can affect an individuals self-confidence and relationships.

How can Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Be Treated?

Treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction may involve a combination of approaches, including physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. Physiotherapy, can be an effective treatment for individuals with pelvic floor dysfunction.

A physiotherapist who specializes in pelvic health can assess an individuals pelvic floor muscles and develop a personalized treatment plan to address any dysfunction. This may include a combination of techniques such as:

Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises
This type of exercise is also known as Kegel Exercises, done to improve muscle strength and control of the pelvic musculature.

Manual Therapy
This is done to improve muscle function and reduce pain both acutely and chronically.

To help individuals learn how to correctly contract and relax their pelvic floor muscles.

On proper body mechanics and bladder and bowel habits to help prevent future dysfunction.

The frequency and duration of physiotherapy for pelvic floor dysfunction will vary depending on the individuals specific symptoms and goals. The physiotherapist will work closely with the individual to progress their treatment at a safe and appropriate pace. The ultimate goal of physiotherapy for pelvic floor dysfunction is to help the individual improve their symptoms and overall quality of life.

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