Pelvic Floor Disorders are Difficult to Live with and Simple to Treat with Physiotherapy

Approximately 37% of women and 13% of men suffer from one or more pelvic floor disorders that can be easily helped with physiotherapy and education, however, due to the embarrassing nature of the topic many people do not seek help to resolve these issues.

In fact 70% of people with urinary leakage, one common pelvic floor disorder, do not seek advice and treatment for their problem.

Pelvic floor disorders are the result of the pelvic floor muscle either being either overactive (due to muscle tightness) or underactive (due to muscle weakness).

Include diagram of pelvic floor being overactive and underactive to show what happens to organs in these two cases

Symptoms of an overactive (or hypertonic) pelvic floor include:

  • Constipation
  • Incomplete emptying of the bowels
  • Straining when emptying the bowels
  • Pelvic pain
  • Low back pain
  • Hip pain
  • Coccyx pain
  • Painful sex

Symptoms of a weak (or hypotonic) pelvic floor are common after pregnancy or surgery that requires cutting of the pelvic floor muscle (for example in the surgical treatment of prostate cancer) but are also associated with obesity, chronic constipation, low oestrogen levels:

  • Bladder leakage
  • Incontinence
  • Loss of bowel control
  • Reduced sensation during sex
  • Uncontrolled breaking wind (anus or vagina) when bending over or lifting
  • Tampons that dislodge or fall out
  • A bulge at the vaginal opening
  • A feeling of heaviness in the vagina

The pelvic floor is a muscle like any other and can be trained in the same way. Often with a better understanding of and connection to your pelvic floor strengthening is fast and easy.

If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms and suspect that it is due to a pelvic floor disorder, don’t wait any longer to seek a diagnosis and get treatment.

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Covid-19/Coronavirus update

 

With the Covid-19 / Coronavirus pandemic the world is facing an uncertain and challenging time. As your healthcare partner, we understand and share the concern and anxiety you may feel about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Bunbury, WA, Australia and globally.

At Aspire Physiotherapy Bunbury the health and wellbeing of our clients and staff is always our highest priority.

To ensure we can continue to offer the high-quality physiotherapy service our clients have become accustomed to, we are taking additional infection control measures to mitigate the risk of infection. The systems we have put in place are guided by the Australian Physiotherapy Association (our professional body) and the Department of Health, and will be monitored and updated accordingly as the pandemic evolves inline with their recommendations.

As a relatively small practice, the number of people we interact with is limited and considered low-volume. We have cancelled our group rehabilitation and pilates sessions and have spread out our appointment times to minimise the congregation of people and allow for our disinfection procedures between appointments. Clients have the option to wait in their car and be notified once the physiotherapist is available (simply phone us upon arrival).

As part of our infection control system we ask our clients to contact us by phone / email to reschedule their appointment if any of the following apply:

  • Symptoms including fever, flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue and/or shortness of breath.
  • Recent travel (within 14 days of the scheduled appointment). 
  • Been in contact with person with confirmed Coronavirus in the last 14 days.

Please be vigilant, and if unsure please contact us before attending your appointment.

Thank you for your trust and support as we continue to keep our focus on the health and wellbeing of you and your family.

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