#5 You’re Bathroom Routine Has Changed
Urinary and fecal incontinence are 2 of the most common issues in pelvic floor health. Urinary Incontinence can be broken down into 2 subcategories of stress incontinence which involves leaking with things like sneezing or coughing. The other subcategory for urinary incontinence is urge incontinence where you find your urge to go to the bathroom always comes at the very last minute.
Fecal Incontinence can occur with both a tight and a weak pelvic floor. A tight pelvic floor can lead to incomplete emptying when going to the bathroom and a seemingly constant feeling of needing to use the bathroom.
#4 You’re Not Too Sure What Your Pelvic Floor Is
The pelvic floor is a unique set of muscles that lie in the shape of a bowl at the bottom of our core and cover almost the entire area from the back to front of our pelvis and from hip to hip. These muscles work together with our diaphragm to control urination, bowel movements, and sexual activities.
#3 You’re Not Sure If You’ll Benefit From Pelvic Floor Physio
So what is the difference between a physiotherapist and a pelvic floor physiotherapist? A pelvic floor physiotherapist will take a more in depth look at the psychosocial aspects of your day to day life and take these largely into account when diagnosing and treating your pelvic floor issues. By assessing your life from a psychosocial approach a pelvic floor physiotherapist will help you recognize what kind of trauma caused your issues and how to remedy the trauma’s effects on you.
#2 You’re Experiencing Some Common Pelvic Floor Issues
Here is a list of some of the most commonly treated conditions by a pelvic floor physiotherapist
- Erectile dysfunction
- Chronic constipation
- Overactive bladder
- Pelvic girdle pain
- Cesarean section
- Uterine prolapse
#1 You Want To Know More About Whole Body Health
Pelvic floor physiotherapists focus not only on the pelvic floor but also on how your pelvic floor muscles can affect other areas of your body. Have you found that since your pelvic floor issues began that other areas of your body have not been feeling the same? Perhaps you have some unidentified stressors that are manifesting in strange ways? Perhaps you are feeling some regular soreness in your knees? A pelvic floor physiotherapist will look at all the aspects of your life and how they can interplay with one another to affect your health outcomes.