Meet the Expert: Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Part 2 of 3
Pregnancy and Post-Partum
In Part 2 of this series, Marla discusses:
Common conditions that pelvic floor physiotherapists can help with
The surge in popularity of pelvic floor physiotherapists
Why pregnancy and postpartum are an important times to consult with a pelvic floor physiotherapist
What Conditions can a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist help with?
Just like any other physiotherapist you go to for a muscle strain, back ache or neck problem, pelvic floor physiotherapists help the muscles within your pelvic floor, that you can't necessarily see from the outside. Here are some conditions a pelvic floor physiotherapist can help with:
Pre and Postpartum Care
Pelvic Disorders in Athletes
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Coccyx (Tailbone) Pain
Pudendal Nerve Syndrome
Low Back and SI Joint Pain
More specifically with pre and postpartum care, pelvic floor physiotherapists can help with:
Labour and Delivery Preparation
Diastasis Recti Support
Vaginal Delivery Recovery
Return to Exercise Postpartum
Why is there such a Surge in the Popularity of Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?
It's finally time to break the taboo surrounding women's pelvic floor health. Women are talking about their struggles with incontinence and pelvic pain after childbirth. Doctors are also recognizing that this may not "just go away after pregnancy", and appropriate referrals are being made. Although symptoms such as incontinence and painful intercourse are common, it is important for women to know they are not necessarily normal.
Why are Pregnancy and Postpartum Important Times to Consult a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist?
With pregnancy, labour and delivery preparation, mamas may choose to consults a pelvic floor physiotherapist for a variety of different reasons, such as:
Maintenance of safe exercise
Learning how to activate pelvic floor
Labour and delivery preparation such as perineal massage to reduce risk of tearing, delivery positions/modifications to reduce the risk of tearing and pelvic injury, pushing preparation and birth partner engagement and involvement
For postpartum recovery, pelvic floor physiotherapy help moms get back to the basics - urination, bowel movements and intercourse. Pelvic Floor Physiotherapists also help with:
Scar desensitization for vaginal and c-section births
Scar massage for vaginal and c-section births
Safe resumption of exercise
Coming Up in Part 3!
Do Men need Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?
Can Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy help my child?
What is an Internal Examination?
How long do I need to see a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist?
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