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Giving birth can cause various pelvic floor dysfunctions, such as incontinence or “leaking”. These dysfunctions can however be eliminated through physiotherapy.
To treat these problems, the best solution is pelvic floor physiotherapy. Pelvic floor physiotherapy has been practiced in Canada for many years. Women who suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction, such as incontinence, after child birth feel that it is something normal due to it being a common problem found after labor. They might take this lightly but it can have diverse effects on their health. Some women even cut back from their social activities just because they are embarrassed to go out.
It is recommended that women, who go through labor, should get pelvic floor physiotherapy 6 weeks after giving birth to determine whether there are any related problems to be addressed.
What is pelvic floor physiotherapy? Pelvic floor physiotherapy deals with the muscles that start from the pubic bone to the end of the spine, the sacrum. These muscles play an important role in supporting the pelvic organs (bladder, uterus, prostate & rectum). In women, they also wrap around their urethra, rectum, and vagina). The treatment helps strengthen, stretch and/or tighten the pelvic floor muscles. Strengthening workouts and several physiotherapy exercises are used to improve the pelvic floor muscles.
Pelvic-floor physiotherapy is a treatment for weakness, malfunctioning and tightness of muscles. It deals with pelvic floor dysfunctions such as: pelvic pain, stress/urge incontinence, dyspareunia, vaginismus, etc.
If some kind of weakness or tightness is sensed in the pelvic floor then pelvic floor physiotherapy is what is used to help strengthen, tighten or relax the pelvic floor muscles.
People may think that what they are experiencing is rare and might only happen to them, but in reality these issues are quite common and receiving treatments is very important.
If you are currently experiencing any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact your physiotherapist to ask about pelvic floor physiotherapy and how it can help you.