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Let us talk basics: what is the pelvic floor?
The pelvic floor is the name of the group of muscles that support your pelvic organs at the bottom of your pelvis. Although showing some anatomical differences between genders, these muscles exist in both women and men and are responsible for the control of your bladder and bowel.
In men, these muscles are also important for erectile function and ejaculation. In women, the pelvic floor contributes to sexual arousal, supports the baby during pregnancy, assists the birthing process and is also linked to orgasm.
The pelvic floor is like a hammock that supports the pelvic organs in the pelvis (bladder, uterus and rectum). When working normally, they relax to allow urination, bowel movements and, in women, intercourse. When they contract, they close the urethra and the anus, stopping urine and faeces from exiting.
Pelvic floor dysfunctions can result from:
- Over activity
- Lack of coordination
- Birthing trauma
- Side effects of surgery in the pelvic region
Pelvic floor symptoms might present as one or more of the following:
- Leaking while coughing, laughing or during activities
- Sudden urges or having to rush to the bathroom
- Frequently having to visit the bathroom
- Incomplete emptying of the bladder
- Painful urination
- Ongoing pain in your pelvic floor region, genitals, or rectum
- Feeling heaviness or a bulging in the vaginal region
- Pain in your lower back that cannot be explained by other causes
- Pain during intercourse
- Reduced sensation during intercourse
- Feeling that you have several bowel movements during a short period of time or you cannot complete a bowel movement.
- Constipation or regular straining
Due to the multi factorial nature of pelvic floor dysfunctions, treatment for these conditions should widely differ person to person.
Pelvic floor or Women’s Health physiotherapists are trained specifically to assess, diagnose and treat pelvic floor dysfunction. While in some cases your pelvic floor muscles may need to be strengthened, other times you may need to learn how to relax them or retrain your bladder.
Get an individual assessment today and get your life back on track. Phone 9968 3424 to book.
June 14, 2017 0 Comments
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- Codeine Update
- Becoming a grandparent
- Lifting babies, toddlers and prams
- Carrying a child for more than a few metres at a time
- Bending and twisting when lifting a child
- Reduced strength and size of muscles
- Reduced bone strength/density
- Poor posture
- Reduced balance
- What do Womens Health Physio's do postnatally?
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Pessaries
Physiotherapy has been identified as an excellent alternative to long term pain relief. Providing satinets with evidence based care that educed pain and improves their function. Physios are prepared to discuss the changes with patients who may desire, but can no longer access, these medicines.
Why did access to low-dose codeine-containing medicines change?
The Australian Government is committed to delivering the best health outcomes for Australians through the appropriate regulation of medicines that are deemed by medical experts to have particular risks. This includes low dose codeine-containing medicines.
The evidence shows that medicines containing low-dose codeine combined with paracetamol or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or aspirin, are generally no more effective than other non-codeine medicines.
The use of low-dose codeine-containing medicines is associated with high health risks. Codeine is an opioid drug closely related to morphine and, like morphine, is also derived from opium poppies. Codeine, like morphine and other opioids, can cause opioid tolerance, dependence, toxicity and in higher doses, death.
Regular use of medicines containing codeine, for example for chronic pain, has led to some consumers becoming addicted to codeine without realising it. The risks associated with codeine use are too high without oversight from a doctor.
What is menopause?
These days often the news of a new baby in the family brings with it grandparent duties! Caring for young children can be very physically demanding on your (ageing) body. Joint and muscular pain is common as we age and conditions such as arthritis can be easily flared up by increased strain on the joints.
Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in a womans life. It is also one of most physically strenuous, with numerous potential short and long term consequences for both body and mind.