Pelvic floor physio exercises

How a pelvic floor physiotherapist can help

Incontinence, or the loss of bladder or bowel control, is a common problem that affects millions of people worldwide. It can be a source of embarrassment and can greatly impact a person’s quality of life. One of the main causes of incontinence is a weak pelvic floor. This can affect both men and women throughout their lives, more commonly after childbirth or menopause for females. For males, it often happens in later life and can occur alongside prostate issues. 

What is the pelvic floor?

The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that support the bladder and bowel, and are responsible for controlling the release of urine and stool. When these muscles are weak, it can lead to incontinence. 

How can a pelvic physio help me?

 Here are some of the ways a physiotherapist can help with incontinence: 

  • Strengthening pelvic floor muscles through exercises. These exercises involve contracting and relaxing these muscles and can be done discreetly and easily. A physiotherapist will make sure you understand the cues that work for you. 
  • Addressing any underlying conditions that may be contributing to the problem: It could be a muscular or a neuromuscular injury. 
  • Using biofeedback such as ultrasound, surface EMG and vaginal/rectal probes to monitor muscle activity and provide feedback to the patient to help them understand and control their pelvic floor muscles. 
  • Using electrical stimulation to contract the muscles and strengthen them over time. The physiotherapist will also give you options for a portable stimulator to use at home and independently.  
  • Developing an individualised treatment plan that addresses your specific concerns.
  • The use of pessaries or other aids/insertable aids to assist in the management of incontinence or prolapse. 
  • Consulting with a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and treatment. A trial of conservative management with a physio can be effective, but a specialist opinion may be required. 

Issues with your pelvic floor are treatable and should not be ignored. Our physiotherapists are trained to listen, assess, and treat your concerns. They use a variety of techniques for patients to regain control of their muscles and as a result, improve their health and quality of life. 

Where can I seek more information?

If you are someone or know someone who would like to discuss and talk about their pelvic floor issues please check out our website dedicated to Men and Women’s health or get in contact with the team at Hoppers Physio.