Pelvic pain and its related symptoms are often a taboo subject. Women suffer in silence with many symptoms which they feel are embarrassing and don’t know who to turn to. A specialist in the field of pelvic health will look at treating pelvic pain and the pelvic floor without the use of invasive methods. They will assess, treat and manage the issues associated with pelvic floor dysfunction. These include incontinence, pelvic girdle pain, abdominal muscle separation and much more.
Having completed a specialist two year masters in Women’s Health, Sally is determined to raise the profile of the conditions treated by Women’s Health specialists. She hope to provide education and insight into these so often misunderstood but fundamental aspects of wellbeing for women. With the right help so many of these symptoms can be treated and managed. Women should not be ashamed of these conditions, nor should they suffer in silence.
The pelvic floor muscles are involved in almost every functional body movement we make, meaning that proper pelvic floor function is fundamental to overall musculoskeletal health and wellbeing.
The pelvic floor refers to a group of muscles that run from the pubic bone to the tailbone. These muscles act like a sling and help support the bladder, bowel and reproductive organs. These reproductive organs include the uterus (in women) and the prostate (in men). Men can experience pelvic floor dysfunction too but the condition is predominantly (85%) a female issue. In women the pelvic floor muscles wrap around the urethra, rectum and vagina and influence control over the bladder, bowel and can effect sexual sensation.
Because we can’t see, and often can’t feel, the pelvic floor muscles it is very important to have a specialist identify which muscles are weak or tight and how they are functioning. Women’s Health Specialists are trained to observe an individual’s patterns of movement and examine how their system is being loaded. They evaluate how the pelvic floor is functioning and the pressure that the pelvic floor is experiencing. Whilst pelvic floor muscles are at the root of most Women’s Health symptoms it is important that these symptoms not be treated in isolation.