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Importance of assessment by a Continence and Women’s Health Physiotherapist

The prevalence of pelvic floor problems such as intra-vaginal prolapse, stress or urge incontinence is high. In women who have had children, 50% will suffer pelvic organ prolapse with symptoms of bladder and bowel dysfunction. 

Repair surgery will help many women, but an estimated 30% of operations fail as women continue with their damaging habits.

Pelvic floor exercises and correcting damaging habits are an effective way of treating prolapse and incontinence. However 6 out of 10 incontinent women perform pelvic floor exercises incorrectly. Assessment by a Continence Physiotherapist will determine what habits need to be changed and to ensure correct pelvic floor technique. In this way you will maximise the benefits of your pelvic floor exercises.

Our Continence and Women’s Health Physiotherapist can help manage the following conditions:

Urinary Incontinence

  • stress incontinence with exercise, sneezing, coughing
  • urgency, frequency and leaking on the way to the toilet.

Prolapse of pelvic organs

  • symptoms of internal dragging or heaviness
  • difficulty with bladder or bowel emptying

Bowel symptoms

  • incontinence of wind or faeces
  • constipation

Pelvic pain

  • pain in the perineal, vaginal or pelvic regions related to sexual pain, childbirth, or surgery.

Pregnancy and post natal problems

  • pelvic instability causing sacro-iliac and / or pubic symphysis pain
  • postnatal recovery of perineal pain / haemorrhoids
  • postnatal recovery of pelvic floor and abdominal muscle strength
  • breast conditions such as blocked ducts or mastitis

Pre and post pelvic surgery 

  • hysterectomy, prolapse repair
  • continence surgery
  • prostate surgery