Pelvic Floor Muscle Weakness

What is Pelvic Floor Muscle Weakness?

Pelvic Floor Muscle Weakness refers to the reduced strength and functionality of the pelvic floor muscles. These muscles support the pelvic organs, including the bladder, intestines, and for women, the uterus. Weakness in these muscles can lead to various physical and functional issues, impacting quality of life.

What are the Symptoms?

Symptoms of Pelvic Floor Muscle Weakness may include:

  • Urinary Incontinence: Involuntary leakage of urine, especially when coughing, sneezing, or exercising.
  • Fecal Incontinence: Difficulty controlling bowel movements.
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Sensation or visible bulge of organs dropping towards or through the vaginal opening in women.
  • Difficulty Emptying the Bladder or Bowel Completely: Needing to strain or not feeling fully empty.
  • Sexual Dysfunction: Reduced sensation or discomfort during sexual activity.
  • Lower Back Pain: Chronic discomfort in the lower back region.

How Can Physiotherapy Help?

Physiotherapy is highly effective in managing Pelvic Floor Muscle Weakness by:

  • Assessment and Customised Exercise Programs: A physiotherapist can assess the strength and function of your pelvic floor muscles and create a personalised exercise program.
  • Manual Therapy: Techniques such as soft tissue mobilisation to improve muscle function.
  • Biofeedback and Electrical Stimulation: Using sensors to provide feedback on pelvic floor muscle activity, helping patients learn to control these muscles.
  • Education: Teaching proper techniques for pelvic floor exercises, as well as guidance on lifestyle and behavioural modifications.
  • Support and Guidance: Ongoing support to ensure progress and adapt the treatment plan as needed.
  • Running assessment and strength training in the gym.

Physiotherapy offers a non-invasive, personalised approach to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, improve symptoms of weakness, and enhance the overall quality of life. Working with a specialised physiotherapist can provide the expertise and support needed for effective management and recovery.

Ready to Take the Next Step Towards Better Pelvic Health?

Whether you’re seeking relief from chronic pain, looking to improve your pelvic floor strength, or need support during pregnancy and postpartum recovery, we’re here to help.

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