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Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction

Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction

The pelvic floor muscle exists in both men and women. The role of the pelvic floor is to keep your organs such as bowel and bladder in position especially on movements that cause an increase in intra-abdominal pressure like lifting, sneezing and carrying. The pelvic floor needs to be effective when passing urine or a bowel movement and in maintaining an erection or vaginal sensations.

 

1/3 of women experience issues with their PF during their lifetime. The pelvic floor is essential in keeping the pelvic organs in the correct place inside the body. Pelvic organs include the bladder, uterus and bowel.

 

Other functions of the pelvic floor are:

  • Keeping the bladder and bowel closed to stop ‘leaking’.
  • Bladder and bowel emptying.
  • Sexual function – maintaining an erection, preventing premature ejaculation in men and improving sensation and ‘grip’ in women.

 

The pelvic floor muscles are also important in supporting postural and spine health and stability.

Common Complaints of Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction

• Urinary dysfunction

• Pelvic organ prolapse

• Sexual dysfunction

• Pain in the lower back, vagina or abdomen

Contributing Factors

• Pregnancy and childbirth – hormonal ligament laxity, vaginal delivery, episiotomy/tears.

• Obesity and being over-weight – extra downward pressure of the pelvic organs.

• Repetitive heavy lifting – this increases the intra-abdominal pressure on the pelvic organs.

• Strong family history – inherited weaker collagen type.

• Age –age related changes to muscle tissue composition.

• Menopause – hormonal changes can make symptoms worse.

• Chronic constipation – straining can increase intra-abdominal pressure.

• Chronic cough – as above.

• Previous pelvic surgery – POP repair, hysterectomy, prostate surgery in men.

Diagnosis

As you can see with the number of symptoms, contributing factors pelvic floor dysfunction need to consider other differential diagnosis. Pelvic Floor Dysfunction considerably impacts quality of life through reducing physical activity levels, pain and the possible impact on mental health.

 

At Pure Physiotherapy, our skilled clinicians will be able to help determine the factors contributing to your symptoms, pain and discomfort and work with you to develop a personalised and progressive management and exercise plan.

Rehabilitation

Improving pelvic floor strength is a fantastic way to make steps towards improving your symptoms.

 

Try these steps to help you find yours:

1- Get comfortable either sitting or standing.

2- Imagine that you are trying to stop yourself from passing wind and urine at the same time. Draw the pelvic floor muscle upwards and forwards away from the bowel – as if your reaching them to the tip of your chin.

3- Try not to hold your breath or squeeze your buttocks or legs together.

4- Now fully relax your pelvic floor and tummy muscles before having another go.

 

To improve your pelvic floor strength, try the above steps with 10 long squeezes (aim to hold for 10 seconds each) followed by 10 short squeezes. Make sure that you completely relax your pelvic floor and tummy muscles between each squeeze. Always go to your GP if you are concerned about urinary/bowel incontinence or if you get pain on trying these exercises.

Additional Resources

Click here to read about Anna’s story of how she managed with incontinence for more than a year after giving birth to her first child.

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