What is the Pelvic Floor?
The pelvic floor muscles span the bottom of the pelvis and support the pelvic organs (bladder, bowel, and uterus (womb) in women). Pelvic floor muscles function together to maintain urinary continence, bowel movements, lumbar stability, and sexual function. When pelvic floor muscles are weakened they can create problems with bladder control, bowel control and sexual sensation.
Many people with pelvic pain have pelvic floor dysfunction, but specifically, hypertonic muscles (muscles that are tight), hypotonic muscles (weak pelvic floor muscles), or a combination of both.
How can Pelvic Health treatment help?
ESM therapists can evaluate and treat your pelvic floor dysfunction using manual therapy techniques. Using these techniques in combination with exercise rehabilitation, pelvic health treatment can help you regain control, maximize your function and recovery, and improve your well-being.
The practitioners offering this program are have taken numerous courses specializing in Pelvic Health and have gained the knowledge and ability to assess and treat men and women with incontinence and a variety of pelvic pain conditions. They have a special interest in helping active individuals with incontinence, pelvic injury, pain, and return to exercise.
How can I tell if I have a Pelvic Floor problem?
- accidentally leaking urine when you exercise, play sport, laugh, cough or sneeze
- needing to get to the toilet in a hurry or not making it there in time
- constantly needing to go to the toilet
- finding it difficult to empty your bladder or bowel
- accidentally losing control of your bowel
- accidentally passing wind
- a prolapse (pressure, bulging or discomfort in the pelvic area)
- pain in your pelvic area, or
- painful sex