Does this sound familiar?..
- I have frequent pain in my pelvic area
- I lose bladder or even bowel control when I laugh, sneeze or cough.
- I avoid certain exercises, like running and jumping, because I lose control.
- I go to the bathroom frequently, sometimes every hour.
- I'm afraid that I won't find a bathroom in time.
- I am tired because I wake up at night to go to the bathroom
- I am too embarrassed to talk to my doctor about my symptoms.
How Can Ross Physiotherapy Help Me?
Kristy Millard, one of our registered physiotherapists is fully qualified to teach you how to improve the health and strength of your pelvic floor.
Benefits of Pelvic Floor Therapy
- Leave your house without worrying about your bladder
- Be confident about socializing with your friends and family
- Exercise without worrying
- Sleep through the night
- Learn to control urgency
Why does this happen?
Changes happen to your body during your life. Pregnancy, aging, menopause, chronic constipation and surgeries (like a hysterectomy or prostatectomy) can impact the health of your pelvic floor and its ability to provide you with proper bladder and bowel control. Constant heavy exersion or activities like bike riding can also cause pelvic pain or incontinence.
When the pelvic floor is damaged or weak, you can start to experience bladder symptoms like incontinence, urgency and frequency.
You can develop pelvic organ prolapse, a condition that causes your bladder, uterus or rectum to lose support and push against the walls of the vagina. You can sense a feeling of pressure, like your bottom is falling out. You can have difficulty emptying your bladder or bowel completely when you go to the bathroom.
What is the pelvic floor?
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles, nerves, ligaments and tissues found at the bottom of your pelvis. Think of it as a hammock, starting from your pubic bone in the front and attaching to your tailbone at the back.
The pelvic floor holds and supports your internal organs and provides you with bladder and bowel control to prevent incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. It is also vital for sexual function, sexual response and the ability to have proper sensations and pain-free intercourse. (See our pelvic floor page in the Injuries Library for more detailed information).
For more detailed information about how physiotherapy can help pelvic health see: