Physiotherapist, Jessica Frydenberg provides the Pelvic Health Physiotherapy service at The Melbourne Sports Medicine Centre.
The pelvic floor muscles have a role in controlling pressure inside the abdomen, helping maintain bladder and bowel control and playing a role in sexual sensation and function.
In both women and men, at different stages of life, the pelvic floor muscles may become weak and underactive, or perhaps overactive and lacking coordination. In fact, research shows that 50% of women are unable to correctly contract their pelvic floor muscles with verbal instruction alone.
Pelvic floor physiotherapy will help to rehabilitate the function of these muscles, as well as providing extensive bladder and bowel health advice to ensure all underlying issues perpetuating the problem are addressed. It has been shown that 60-80% of urinary incontinence issues can be resolved with pelvic floor muscle and bladder retraining.
Conditions that pelvic floor physiotherapy can help with include:
- Bladder and bowel issues – such as leakage or difficulties with emptying.
- Pelvic organ prolapse – a common condition with up to 50% of women who have had a vaginal delivery developing this throughout their lifetime. Research supports conservative management as the first line of treatment before surgery.
- Pelvic and sexual pain – including tailbone or coccyx pain, rectal spasm, bladder irritation, difficulty with penetration and/or inserting a tampon in women and testes pain in men.
- Pelvic surgery – preparation and rehabilitation for prostatectomies, hysterectomies, vaginal repair, and colorectal surgeries.
All pelvic floor physiotherapy consults are treated discreetly and sensitively, with appropriate follow up and liaising with referrers and specialists. Referrals however are not necessary.
For more information, please see the profile of pelvic floor physiotherapist, Jessica Frydenberg, or contact her directly on 9650 9372.
You can also make an appointment on this number or by booking online here and selecting the ‘pelvic floor physiotherapy’ appointment type.