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Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

What is the pelvic floor?

The Pelvic floor is a bundle of hammock like muscles that lie at the base of your pelvis. Their function is to support the internal pelvic organs and assist in normal bladder, bowel and sexual functioning. It plays a very important role in core stability and works together with the deep core stabilisers, lower back stabilisers and the diaphragm. So when you experience symptoms relating to the pelvic floor you may experience the following:

  • Pelvic floor weakness

    •  Incontinence (leaking urine or faecal matter), Stress incontinence, Urge incontinence, Frequent Urination

    • Menopause related pelvic floor weakness (Vaginal atrophy)

    • Postpartum pelvic floor weakness

    • Post operative loss of control

  • Pelvic floor dysfunction 

    • Constipation, Incontinence, Lower back pain, Sciatica

  • Pelvic pain 

    • Pelvic girdle pain (Coccyx, pubic symphysis, SIJ, pelvic region, gluteals, hips, lower back)

    • Pain during sex (Dyspareunia),

    • Vulvodynia (Vulvar pain),

    • Vaginismus

    • Pain with inserting a tampon

    • Episiotomy or Perennial scar related pain,

    • Pregnancy related pain (Coccyx, Pubic symphysis, SIJ, Lumbar)

  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse - Descent or protrusion of Pelvic organs (Cystocele - Bladder, Urethrocele - Urethra, Rectocele - Rectum, Uterocele - Uterus, Rectal prolapse)

  • Rectus Diastasis (abdominal separation)

  • Back pain 

  • Surgical - Cesarean section scar adhesion, Abdominal surgery scarring

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Pre-and postnatal physiotherapy

Pregnancy is the most incredible and life changing experience, but it can take a toll on your body as it starts to change and transform to accommodate for your growing baby.

As your baby grows, your posture, and hormones change. As your baby gets heavier the pressure on the pelvic floor increases and can lead to changes in bladder, bowel and sexual function.

With all these changes it is common to experience a variety of pains, and changes in your body such as:

  • Pelvic girdle/ Hip/ Groin/ Pubic pain

  • Lower back/ Sacroiliac joint (SIJ) pain/ Sciatica

  • Thoracic/ Rib pain

  • Pelvic floor weakness and Urinary incontinence

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

 

After birth whether vaginal or caesarean there will be a change in your pelvic floor muscles. Common problems experienced postnatally include:

  • Stress and Urge incontinence

  • Pelvic and Lower back pain

  • Upper back and Neck pain

  • Diastasis Recti (Abdominal separation)

  • Breastfeeding complications (blocked milk ducts, mastitis)

 

 

Your Postnatal assessment will include:

  • Internal pelvic floor assessment

  • Pelvis, SIJ and Lumbar spine assessment

  • Diastasis recti (abdominal separation) assessment

  • Return to sport assessment

  • Scar assessment

Its never to late to treat postnatally. I look forward to meeting and working with you. 

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Houghton Estate

Johannesburg

emma@physioforwomen.co.za

 

Tel: Whatsapp 0791539594

In association with Roxanne Ashkar Physiotherapy.

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