Platinum Physiotherapy; What is the pelvic floor?

Our Women’s Health Expert, Mary Kate, gives us the low down on Pelvic Floor Health.

Mary Kate is a Women’s Health specialist and an expert in her field.

The pelvic floor are a group of muscles and ligaments in your pelvic region that act as a sling to support your organs in your pelvis. They work together with the diaphragm, the deep abdominal muscles and the back muscles to promote strength and stability from inside out.

What is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction? 

It is the inability to control the muscles of your pelvic floor.
It may present as urinary issues, constipation, low back pain, pain in the pelvic region, discomfort during sexual intercourse for women and pressure in the pelvic region or rectum

What are some of the causes:

• Poor posture
• Overtraining
• Poor Breathing techniques
• Childbirth
• Trauma e.g fall/sports
• Pain Disorders
• UTIs
• Chronic constipation

How can you treat it? 

As women’s health physiotherapist we use an array of approaches based on a patients assessment to treat these conditions such as manual therapies, advice and education, therapeutic exercise and functional re-training.

In the reformer classes the instructors are excellent at encouraging clients to be aware of their pelvic floor and their deep abdominal muscles, their posture and their breathing however sometimes if there is pelvic floor tightness or weakness or if you have developed poor postural and breathing habits after adolescence or pregnancy or from sitting at a desk you may need a little more input.

Do you want to know more?

Book an assessment with Mary Kate who will address specifically how posture and breathing can have a huge impact on the pelvic floor, by improving alignment and breathing to promote diaphragm expansion it can have a truly beneficial effect on your pelvic floor and your core strength and stability.