Pelvic health is such an important component of a healthy body.

Unfortunately, due to the embarrassing nature of the topic, issues are often ignored or asking for help put off. Most pelvic health issues can be easily helped with some education and exercise, which leads to a much more comfortable and stress-free life. Pia has had a special interest in this area since university, and is more than happy to consult with individuals respectfully and discreetly. However, Pia does not have a postgraduate qualification in this area and will refer you in the right direction if your needs exceed her qualification.

Women’s Pelvic Health

Bladder leakage is extremely common, however it does not have to be lived with long-term. 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.

Men’s Pelvic Health

Men often don’t understand the role of their pelvic floor and problems are less common than women. The most common need for pelvic floor training in men is pre- and post- prostate surgery. Leakage after prostate surgery is very common and pelvic floor exercises can help with recovery. It is recommended to seek physiotherapy prior to surgery, so to prepare the pelvic floor and gain understanding as to how to use the muscles prior to surgery for a faster recovery post-surgery.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a precious time for women, which shouldn’t be stressed with issues such as: pelvic girdle pain, pelvic floor problems and stomach muscle separation.

Exercising is encouraged during pregnancy, and it is said that what ever you were doing prior to pregnancy to continue as you feel comfortable or until your doctor advises otherwise. If you would like to work on an appropriate exercise program that can be individualised and changed as your body changes then Aspire can help develop the right, gentle balance to keep you moving right into pregnancy.

Pelvic girdle pain can occur due to the hormonal changes and the weight of the baby in preparation for giving birth. However, physiotherapy treatment, such as massage, mobilisation and bracing, can help relieve discomfort.

Pregnancy and birth are the number one cause for pelvic floor issues in women, addressing these early, prior to having a baby to care for can decrease your chance of problems later and increase your chance of bouncing back.

Rectus Abdominus (the outer layer of abdominal muscles) is designed to separate during pregnancy to allow for the growth of your baby. However, continuing deep core (tranverse abdominus) exercises during pregnancy can decrease this separation for a swifter recovery after birth as well as decreasing pelvic girdle pain and pelvic floor issues. If you are concerned then physiotherapists at Aspire Physiotherapy Bunbury can check your abdominals and assist in advice and exercises for recovery.

Postnatal

Having a new baby should be an exciting time, although often sleep deprived. At Aspire Physiotherapy Bunbury we would like to make this time easier if any small problems arise.

Mastitis is a painful and debilitating condition that can unsettle both mother and baby. If caught early ultrasound can be extremely effective at reducing blockages and decrease the chance of infection.

Perineal tears, episiotomies and haemorrhoids can occur after a natural birth, and ultrasound can be very helpful in decreasing the inflammation and irritation during recovery.

Pelvic floor muscles can be disturbed during pregnancy and birth, so starting early with pelvic floor strengthening is the number one way of combating problems. However, this can be difficult with a new baby, having a 6-week check post-partum is a great way to keep on track with how your body s recovering and what could help to strengthen your body further.

Abdominal Diastasis (abdominal separation) is normal but we want this to be kept to a minimal for optimal recovery and decrease chance of issues later. If you are concerned come into Aspire Physiotherapy Bunbury and we can check your abdominals and assist in advice and exercises for recovery.

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