What is pelvic health physiotherapy?

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Pelvic health is incredibly important when thinking about your quality of life. It is a term that includes a wide range of conditions and can affect many areas of life, such as your bladder, your bowels, and your reproductive health. A qualified pelvic health physiotherapist can help you with your pelvic floor problems and prepare you for a better future.

Do you leak urine when you cough, sneeze, or exercise? Do you struggle to hold in a fart? Do you have pain during sexual intercourse?

1.1 million New Zealanders suffer from some form of urinary incontinence every month and 50% of women who have given birth experience a pelvic organ prolapse – you are not alone!

Our trained physiotherapists are here to do a detailed assessment and create your perfect treatment plan.

Why are pelvic floor muscles important?

Your pelvic floor muscles are the protectors of your pelvic organs. Having strong and healthy pelvic floor muscles may prevent future prolapses of your organs and keep your ligaments healthy.

They also help you maintain good bladder and bowel control. If you have ever been worried about urinary urgency, it might be a pelvic floor issue.

Your core stability and strength stem from your pelvic floor health. So if you want to have a strong core, start with some pelvic floor exercises!

Sexual pleasure and satisfaction for both men and women are known to be linked with pelvic health and strength.

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How can pelvic health physiotherapy help me?

Pelvic health physiotherapy can mean a lot of things. We may work with you to improve your muscle awareness and strength, making sure that you know how to activate these tricky muscles and alleviate your pelvic health problems.

Another type of therapy includes manual therapy. Manual techniques such as a deep tissue massage, or trigger point pressure have been used in pelvic floor health for a long time and have been proven to be effective for some pelvic health conditions.

Your pelvic health issues may stem from many different areas in life, whether genetic or lifestyle.

What does pelvic health physiotherapy cover?

APM has several pelvic health physiotherapists throughout the country – physiotherapists that have further training to help treat the following conditions:

Women’s health:

  • Ante-natal and pregnancy issues (pelvic girdle pain)
  • Post-natal care
  • Birth injuries
  • Returning to exercise post-pregnancy and during pregnancy
  • Abdominal muscle separation (diastasis recti)
  • General pelvic health
  • Bladder incontinence
  • Bowel dysfunction/incontinence
  • Constipation
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Pelvic floor disorders
  • Pain during sex and sexual health
  • Back pain Menopause
  • Pre and post hysterectomy
  • Post-surgery recovery/rehabilitation
  • Endometriosis
  • Chronic pelvic pain

Pelvic floor exercises for women's health go beyond just fixing your current concern. As stated above APM focuses on a recovery treatment plan and then the prevention of future issues.

Men’s health

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Bowel incontinence
  • Constipation
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Pre and post-pelvic surgery rehabilitation
  • Pre and post prostatectomy
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Pelvic pain Chronic
  • Pelvic pain

When it comes to men's health and pelvic floor rehabilitation, don't wait. The changes can help improve your quality of life and your pelvic floor physio is here to help!

Children's health

  • Bedwetting
  • Faeces and urine leaking and accidents
  • Delayed toilet training
  • Constipation
  • Sensory disorders affecting toileting

Are you ready to get your pelvic health issues sorted?

Take your pelvic floor health into your hands and start your recovery today! If you or someone you love are struggling with any of these, help is just a phone call or email away!

You can book an appointment with an APM Physiotherapist online or in your local area by calling 0800 967 522.

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