With a Post Graduate qualification in Women’s Health and Continence, Esthesis Physiotherapy specialises in treating pelvic floor dysfunction across the life stages.

It is astounding that 1 in 3 Australian women experiencing pelvic floor dysfunction. Pelvic floor issues can greatly impact on quality of life and can arise as a result of pregnancy and childbirth but also can be a result of menopause, constipation, gynaecological surgery, ageing, obesity, inactivity, lifting, chronic coughing, lower back or pelvic pain or postural dysfunction.

Pelvic Floor First offers a useful guide to pelvic floor safe exercise including working your pelvic floor, signs of a pelvic floor problem and pelvic floor muscle exercises for women.

Symptoms of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction:

  • Leaking from the bladder or bowel
  • Urgency to empty bladder and/or bowel
  • A “dragging” or “heavy” sensation in the vagina or a bulge/lump (Prolapse of uterus, bladder and/or bowel)
  • Overactive pelvic floor (tight and painful muscles)
  • Vaginal pain or spasm
  • Painful sexual intercourse

Physiotherapy Treatment:

  • Specific and individualised exercise programs for the pelvic floor muscles.
  • The use of Real Time Ultrasound for the assessment and training of the pelvic floor and deep abdominal muscles.
  • Review and monitor personalised pelvic floor programs
  • Education, rehabilitation and re-education about pelvic floor
  • Lifestyle advice on how to incorporate a strong pelvic floor into daily tasks
  • Recommendations on how to return safely to exercise

Evidence strongly supports the use of physiotherapy in the treatment of incontinence and prolapse issues.

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