A little bit about PELVIC HEALTH and a PELVIC HEALTH PHYSIOTHERAPIST’S job.
A pelvic health physiotherapist may see a variety of ailments that mainly link to problems relating to the pelvic area.
These can be related to toileting issues, pelvic pain, pregnancy ailments, post natal tummy separation issues and such like. So let’s take a look at exactly what they commonly “see” patients for in clinic.
Musculoskeletal pain – mainly lower back and pelvic regions, but commonly wrists, hips and feet in pregnancy and post partum.
Incontinence – urinary, faecal or wind related.
Pelvic organ prolapse – heaviness, dragging or bulging feeling down below.
Diastasis recti – tummy muscle separation issues.
Scar tissue healing – post c-section, hysterectomy or perineal tears.
Altered sensation relating to bladder and bowel function.
Pain during intercourse (sex) or penetration.
Increased frequency, urgency or hesistancy when needing to empty the bladder or bowel.
Bowel health – constipation.
Vagina health – unable to insert a tampon/menstrual cup, painful periods, feeling to loose/open, inability to have a smear test.
Inability to feel, find or engage pelvic floor muscles.
Incomplete emptying of the bladder or bowel issues.
Exercise advise and guidelines for pregnancy and post partum.
Labour and childbirth optimal positioning and pelvic floor education training.
Recovery post gynaecological, bowel or abdominal surgery.
Hopefully that list gives you a bit of insight, but as you can see the pelvic health physiotherapist role is wide and diverse.
Some may specialise in obstetric health (pregnancy) and others may specialise in continence health (bladder/bowel health), it really does vary but most will assess and treat both areas.
Have you ever heard of a pelvic health physiotherapist?
Do you know we exist?