Physiotherapy: Pelvic Floor
Beacon Hospital’s comprehensive Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy service provides a multidisciplinary service for treatment of patients with pelvic floor conditions.
The physiotherapy team at Beacon Hospital includes Specialists in Men and Women’s Health who have extensive experience and postgraduate qualification in this area. One in three women will experience pelvic floor dysfunction at some time in their lifetime. Pelvic floor physiotherapy assesses and treats the many symptoms associated with pelvic floor dysfunction.
Commonly Treated Conditions
Occurs when bowel movements become less frequent and stools become difficult to pass. Usually, constipation occurs due to diet or routine, or an inadequate intake of fiber.
When constipation is chronic, it can cause severe pain, blood in your stools or an inability to pass faeces at all.
Other key features of constipation are dry and hard stools, or an internal feeling that you have not emptied your bowels.
Endometriosis is an often-painful disorder in which a similar tissue which lines the uterus (the endometrium), grows on the outside of your uterus. With this condition, the endometrial-like tissue acts as endometrial tissue would- thickening, breaking down and bleeding with each menstrual cycle.
However, because this tissue has no way to exit your body, it becomes trapped. As a result, the surrounding tissue can become irritated, eventually developing scar tissue and adhesions.
Endometriosis sometimes causes severe pain, especially throughout menstrual periods. Fertility problems may also develop, if this isn’t treated properly.
Faecal incontinence is the inability to control bowel movements, causing faeces to unexpectedly leak from the rectum. This can range from an occasional leakage of stool while passing gas, to a complete loss of bowel control.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Pelvic organ prolapse happens when the muscles and tissues supporting the pelvic organs (The uterus, bladder or rectum) become weak or loose. This allows a space for one or more of the pelvic organs to drop or press into or out of the vagina.
Some symptoms of a pelvic prolapse include a feeling of heaviness around your lower tummy and genitals, dragging discomfort inside your vagina, discomfort or numbness throughout intercourse.
Urinary Incontinence is the loss of bladder control. This is quite a common problem among people, ranging from occasionally leaking urine when you cough or sneeze, to having searing urges to urinate, that you simply can’t hold in.
Our Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy service is not limited to the above. We also treat health issues such as difficulty in evacuation, pelvic pain and bladder dysfunction.
We have a full Pelvic Pain Clinic which uses an MDT (multidisciplinary team) approach to finding the root cause and providing a comprehensive treatment plan for persons suffering from pelvic pain.
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