This with the treatment of all disorders affects the pelvis as well as the pelvic floor. These disorders include-incontinence, prolapse, pelvic pain, constipation, etc. Physiotherapy can deal with all of these and cure symptoms too.
A lot of women do not know about physiotherapy. It is in fact regarded as an embarrassing topic. The information in these pages should help answer some questions that may be bothering you about your body. It will also help you determine if Women’s Health Physiotherapy is for you.
The importance of Physiotherapy during pregnancy
Pregnancy often comes with pelvic girdle pain and stress urinary incontinence, which come as a result of hormonal changes as well as the weight of the baby and uterus which is always on the increase.
The uterus would mount pressure on your bladder, such that you are unable to store urine. When it becomes very difficult to prevent the flow of urine, you would even notice that urine drops when you sneeze. It becomes difficult for you to hold urine for a long time.
When urinary incontinence occurs in pregnancy, it should not be neglected. Research has in fact shown that if this occurs during pregnancy or 6 weeks after the birth of your baby, it might re-occur 5 years later.
Getting an assessment with a Women’s Health Physiotherapist can prevent all of this. The physiotherapist will ensure that you carry out the appropriate pelvic floor exercises. It is important to activate the muscles for a particular period so as to ensure that your pelvic floor is strong both during and after your pregnancy.
During pregnancy, you would have to engage in Pilates based pelvic stability exercises as they help in strengthening the pelvic muscles as well as take pressure off the pelvic floor. It may not be appropriate to do an internal assessment during pregnancy. An assessment of your pelvis and abdomen muscles is a sure way to retrain your pelvic floor during pregnancy.
1 out of 3 women go through back pain when they are pregnant. 1 in 5 also go through pain in the pelvic girdle. This is due to the relaxing and oestrogen hormones, which relax the ligaments supporting your pelvis.
The slot that holds your pelvis bones and sacrum together can be described as a loose puzzle that is dependent on ligaments and muscles that ensure stability of the joint. The extra strain on the ligaments during pregnancy can lead to pain and dysfunction of movement. When this occurs, the muscles that provide support for these ligaments become extremely essential in the provision of control and stability.
There is a lot of evidence to prove that physiotherapy is effective for pelvic pain during pregnancy. The following are some of the treatments that you may be offered:
- Techniques for manual therapy
- Release of the connective tissue in the abdomen, back, hips and pelvis
- Pilates based pelvic stability exercises
- Provision and fitting of pelvic stability belts
- Counselling regarding sleeping positions, exercise and movement modification