The pelvic floor is compromised a series of muscles that span the bottom of the pelvis extending from the pubic bone to the tailbone. Filling in this area include many things including our pelvic organs (bladder, uterus, rectum, prostate), nerves, ligaments and fascia.
Problems related to the pelvic floor are more common than you can imagine both in women and men. One of the reasons that you may not know this is…shhhhhhhh…if we have issues with our pelvic floor, especially if we are experiencing leakage of urine or stool or having difficulties with sexual function, we do not want to talk about them. We may also have a “pain in our butt”, or stiffness in our back, pelvis and hips and have no idea that the pelvic floor may be part of the problem. Consequently we don’t understand why our regular stretches and exercises, despite our best efforts, are not helping. Many of us are also unaware that there is help out there and that with treatment we can improve our pelvic floor health and quality of life. Welcome to the wonderful world of pelvic floor therapy, there is help out there!
Women and men can experience a variety of conditions related to their pelvic floors. Some of the most common include the following:
- incontinence (leakage)
- urinary frequency (pee all the time)
- urinary urgency (difficulty getting to a bathroom in time)
- bowel issues including constipation, straining, pain, urgency and frequency
- unexplained pain in the low back, the hips, the pelvic region and the genital area or the rectum
- pain during or following intercourse, orgasm or stimulation
- ejaculation problems
- organ prolapse
- pelvic pain associated with endometriosis, painful bladder syndrome, and prostatitis just to name a few
- pre and post pregnancy issues including labor and delivery preparation, pain, leakage, bulging and scarring from c-sections, tearing or episiotomy
- pelvic floor pain
These problems can arise due to multiple reasons including to name a few: postural malalignment, soft tissue tightness, tension from scar tissue, muscle weakness or imbalance of the pelvic floor and core muscles , as well as a decreased mind/body connection.
Physiotherapists at our clinic have 18+ years of experience working in the field of women’s health and men’s health. We have successfully treated many of these conditions so you do not have to accept this as a normal part of your life.
No more whispering…let’s hear your voice!
Stay tuned for our next post on “Bladder Irritants”