Pelvic Floor Dysfunction & Weakness
Pelvic floor dysfunction is a lot more prevalent in our community than we as health professionals see and treat. Affecting both males and females, it can significantly impact quality of life and a lot of “sufferers” suffer in silence. Dysfunction of the crucial pelvic floor muscles (PFM) can result in lower back pain, pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, prolapse, bowel problems and sexual problems.
Fact: incontinence is curable, with statistics showing a 75% cure or improvement rate with pelvic floor muscle strengthening.
At Dandenong Ranges Physio, we use non-invasive Real Time Ultrasound (RTUS) externally to assess patients PFM and ensure they are activating them correctly. We then commence an individualised 12 week progressive PFM strengthening program, with fortnightly reviews throughout to ensure correct technique and improvements in muscle endurance, power, speed and coordination. The key is to ingrain PFM exercises into each patient’s lifestyle, and exercise them to fatigue daily during activities of daily living. Maintenance can be required after this initial 12 week program (less intensive) to ensure ongoing strength of these all important muscles (as with any gym/muscle program).
All of our Physios are trained in the use of RTUS and pelvic floor muscle training, however if patients feel more comfortable – Emma Duff is our female Physio who has a special interest in this area.
Find out more about Real Time Ultrasound (including video of a session).