Approximately 30% of all women experience women’s health problems across their lifetime. We regularly see female patients for a variety of problems/symptoms including
- Pelvic Floor Weakness
- Pelvic Floor Tightness
- Pelvic Girdle Pain (during pregnancy)
- Pelvic Floor Trauma resulting from childbirth
- Pudendal Nerve Neuralgia, Pudenda Nerve Entrapment and Pudendal Nerve Irritation
- Stress Urinary Incontinence
Some of the more serious conditions like pudendal nerve entrapment often warrant surgical solutions. We believe that surgery should be the last resort and women are often able to avoid drastic options by trying two to three sessions a week of physiotherapy for a few months in addition to prescribed do-at-home exercises.
On a daily basis we're asked to answer the following questions:
What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
It is the bulging of one or more pelvic organs in the vagina. Pelvic organ tissues weaken when it is stressed this can be caused due to ageing, having natural births, obesity, menopause, heavy lifting, chronic cough and sometimes even constipation.
What are some of the Symptoms of Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
- A heavy feeling coming down your vagina
- Difficulty in urinating or not able to fully empty the bladder
- Difficulty in clearing bowels
- Difficulty having sex
- A lump in or around vagina
- Urinary tract infection
- Lower back pain
- This condition can also lead to incontinence when a small amount of urine is passed when you cough sneeze or exercise.
What are the treatment options available for Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
- The physiotherapist will provide tailored therapy according to the specific nature of the condition
- Exercises to strengthen and increase endurance of pelvic floor
- Rehabilitation of the pelvic floor, abdominal, gluteal, lumbosacral and hip rotator muscles.
- Bowel movement retraining which helps in passing motion without straining the pelvic floor muscles
- Advice on posture and movement to avoid strain on pelvic floor
- A series of prescribed do-at-home exercises with monthly reviews to track your progress and symptoms.
Specifically chosen Pilates based exercises are also useful for many women experiencing any of the above symptoms. We specialise in private and semi-private classes for clinical pilates.