Women’s physiotherapy: Unlocking the power of pelvic floor muscles

January 11, 2024

Fed up with hearing about Kegels?

Feel like you can never do enough?

Not sure if they make any difference anyway?

Pelvic floor muscles play a crucial role in the overall health of every women. They’re the unsung heroes that provide support for the bladder, uterus, and bowel, forming an integral part of your core muscles. 

But problems with them are common. Did you know that one in three women will experience pelvic floor issues? They can occur at any point in a women’s life but most commonly post-pregnancy and during perimenopause or menopause. 

Pelvic floor muscle dysfunction can manifest in lots of different ways including:

  • some urinary leakage or reduced ability to hold in gas
  • painful intercourse
  • pelvic or back pain
  • symptoms of prolapse
  • constipation

Typically, the assumption has been that these issues arise due to a weak pelvic floor and so we must strengthen them. Right?

No, not necessarily!

While lengthened and weaker muscles can cause the above, very often, it’s shortened and overactive pelvic floor muscles that are the real culprits. Kegels aren’t always the sole answer and sometimes, these muscles need to be specifically trained to release, as well as to contract, through targeted release techniques and exercises. It’s this balance that helps to maintain optimal pelvic floor health.

And that’s where physiotherapy can help. 

If you’re experiencing any of the above signs of pelvic floor dysfunction, or have other related concerns, don’t put up with them any longer!

Vicky Carey is W5Physio’s dedicated Women’s Health professional and is here to help. She offers specialist assessments such as the Mummy MOT to provide you with a comprehensive assessment and appropriate treatment plan. 

Remember, pelvic floor issues are common, but they don’t have to be a norm. With the right guidance and exercises, you can improve your pelvic floor health and enhance your overall wellbeing. Don’t let these issues hold you back. Take charge of your health today! Book yourself in for a Mummy MOT or Woman’s Health physio assessment with Vicky at our Ealing clinic.

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