Pelvic floor exercises

By The Rejuv Centre

EVERYONE talks about “lifting your pelvic floor”, but what is it, where is it and how on earth do you lift it?

The pelvic floor is amazing. It is a group of muscles and ligaments that support the bladder, uterus and bowel.

The muscles close to stop leaks and lift to support organs, and relaxation is as important as lifting. These muscles need to be strong and flexible to work well.

The pelvic floor responds to hormones, which is why things can get worse during menstruation, pregnancy or menopause.

You don’t need to have had a baby to have a weak pelvic floor – constipation, being overweight and having chronic lung diseases can be linked to pelvic floor issues.

Twenty-five per cent of Australian women experience painful periods, painful sex or bladder or bowel pain.

Muscle tension can worsen pain and anxiety and feeling alone can worsen symptoms.

Rachel Andrew is a continence and women’s health physiotherapist and can help you understand pain and teach you to relax these muscles.

Is the toilet ruling your life? Many women have issues with bladder or bowel urgency or leakage.

Research shows many symptoms can be treated and more complex problems can be managed better, improving quality of life.

Don’t suffer in silence. Individual assessment and treatment can reduce all these symptoms, including vaginal prolapse.

If you are having surgery, learning to use your muscles well before and after helps your tissues to heal and supports the surgery.

Pelvic floor issues can sometimes be embarrassing to talk about or are regarded as “normal” after a baby or with ageing.

It is never normal to have your life ruled by your bladder, bowels or by pain.

Fix it, don’t live with it.

Book online now www.pelvicphysio.com.au or find Rachel Andrew on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pelvicphysiotas

Rachel Andrew is a titled APA continence and women’s health physiotherapist who works at The Rejuv Centre, located at 4/111 Hill St, West Hobart.

For more information, phone 6251 3166 or 0417 135 667.

Caption: Continence and women’s health physiotherapist Rachel Andrew.