Pelvic Floor Dysfunctions and Incontinence


 
The female pelvic floor muscles can become weakened through pregnancy, labour, hormonal changes (such as menopause), and simply because the individual does not exercise them regularly.

A weakened pelvic floor can cause many symptoms such as the inability to control wind, faeces or urine (urinary incontinence), strong urges to urinate. All of which can have a negative impact on the woman’s quality of life.

Through a detailed subjective history of the woman’s symptoms, as well as an optional pelvic floor examination, a specifically tailored treatment program can be created.
Urinary Incontinence
Urinary incontinence can affect women of all ages. There are 4 major types of urinary incontinence:
  • Stress incontinence - leakage of urine during activities that involve an increase in abdominal pressure such as coughing, laughing or sneezing. 1 in 3 women will experience this during their lifetime.
  • Urinary frequency - when an individual goes to the toilet too often. 4-6 voids per day is considered normal.
  • Nocturia - when an individual wakes up more than once at night to void, which is abnormal.
  • Urinary urgency - frequent episodes of urge to urinate, usually when the bladder is not full.
Benefits of Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy:
 
  • Strengthen the pelvic floor muscles
  • Re-train learned behaviours
 
  • Be in control of your condition
  • Improve quality of life