What is Pelvic Floor Physio?
Updated: Nov 24, 2018
Pelvic floor physiotherapy helps women rehabilitate their pelvic floor muscles.
These muscles can be weakened by childbirth, surgery, heavy lifting, being overweight, constipation or menopause. If the muscles are weak, this can affect bladder and bowel control, resulting in incontinence (leakage) or prolapse.
For other women, their pelvic floor muscles may be overactive; it switches on involuntarily when they should be relaxing. Overactivity can cause difficulty with having sex, emptying the bladder or bowels or using tampons.
When you see your pelvic floor physiotherapist, she will take a full history of your bladder and bowel function, sexual function, medical and surgical history.
Then with your consent, the physiotherapist will do an internal examination. She may also use Biofeedback and EMG to help train your pelvic floor muscle.