Pelvic Health Resources
Below you will find answers to some frequently asked questions about Pelvic Health as well as some helpful links and articles
What is pelvic floor dysfunction?
When you cannot control the muscles of your pelvic floor this is referred to as pelvic floor dysfunction. The pelvic floor muscles are located in your pelvic region and act like a sling to support the organs in your pelvis. More information on the pelvic floor area can be found here.
What are the symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction?
There are a range of symptoms that can include lower back pain, constipation, pressure in the pelvic region, urinary issues or incontinence and discomfort during sexual intercourse. A patient suffering from pelvic floor dysfunction may experience all or just a few of these symptoms.
How can I manage pelvic floor dysfunction?
Management of pelvic floor dysfunction can include a range of treatments. Treatment plans will vary for each individual and can include pelvic floor muscle training, breathing and relaxation techniques, manual therapy or electrical stimulation.
What treatment is there for pelvic floor dysfunction?
Bronwyn uses a range of treatments for pelvic floor dysfunction, a list of these can be found on the ‘What to Expect at an Appointment‘ page.
Is incontinence a symptom of pelvic floor disorder?
Yes incontinence can be a sympton of pelvic floor disorder. When the pelvic floor muscles are strong and healthy they maintain continence by closure of the outlets to the bladder and bowel.
Are there exercises that are safe for people with pelvic floor dysfunction?
Yes there are a number of exercises that can be safe for individuals with pelvic floor dysfunction. Bronwyn will provide a home exercise plan that is based on the individuals condition. More information on safe exercising and clinic Pilates can be found here.
Can Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy help to manage my pelvic health concerns?
Yes, a treatment plan will be developed with your individual concerns in mind.
Continence Foundation of Australia www.continence.org.au
Pelvic Floor First www.pelvicfloorfirst.org.au
Michelle Kenway www.pelvicexercises.com.au
Jean Hailes www.jeanhailes.org.au
Lilian Cooper Centre www.liliancoopercentre.com.au
St Marks www.stmarkshospital.nhs.uk
Australasian Menopause Society www.menopause.org.au
CFA – Victorian Resource Centre www.continencevictoria.org.au
International Continence Society www.ics.org
International Urogynaecological Society www.iuga.org
The Pregnancy Centre www.thepregnancycentre.com.au
Sydney Pelvic Clinic www.sydneypelvicclinic.com.au
Endometriosis Queensland www.qendo.org.au
Pelvic Floor Exercise www.pelvicfloorexercise.com.au