Pelvic floor dysfunction

Pelvic floor dysfunction

Pelvic floor dysfunction is a common condition affecting both men and women of all ages. It occurs when the muscles of the pelvic floor become weak or tight, leading to problems with bladder, bowel and sexual function, as well as pain in the pelvic region.

Symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction can vary depending on the individual, but may include urinary or fecal incontinence, constipation, pain or discomfort during intercourse, and lower back pain. These symptoms can have a significant impact on an individual’s quality of life, but the good news is that there are effective treatment options available.

Physiotherapy is often recommended as the first line of treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction. Your physiotherapist will conduct a thorough assessment of your symptoms, medical history, and physical exam to develop a personalized treatment plan for you.

Treatment options may include exercises to strengthen and relax the pelvic floor muscles, as well as education on proper posture and breathing techniques. Your physiotherapist may also recommend biofeedback, a technique that can help you control contractions of the pelvic floor by gaining visual or sensory feedback. 

In addition to physiotherapy, there are other lifestyle changes you can make to manage your pelvic floor dysfunction. Maintaining a healthy weight, staying active, and doing appropriate activity to avoid over-straining your pelvic floor can all be helpful.

It’s important to note that pelvic floor dysfunction is a common problem for women during and after pregnancy. In fact, studies have shown that up to 50% of women experience pelvic floor dysfunction during pregnancy, and up to 25% continue to experience symptoms postpartum. Seeking treatment early on can help improve symptoms and prevent further complications.

If you are experiencing symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction, don’t hesitate to reach out to a physiotherapist. They can help you develop a personalized treatment plan to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.