Do you know your pelvic floor?

{Written by Kate Jones, Pelvic Physiotherapist}

"Pelvic dysfunctions are common, but few understand them or are aware of available treatments."

Did you know that up to 1 in 3 women have urinary incontinence at some stage, about 1 in 3 have diastasis recti after pregnancy, and up to 5 in 10 develop pelvic organ prolapse? Pelvic dysfunctions are common, but few understand them or are aware of available treatments. Some women try core strengthening and kegels, but sometimes their efforts make things worse. Too many women accept these changes as their new normal. Pelvic dysfunctions reduce quality of life as women lose confidence and disengage from the activities they love.

Pelvic physiotherapy is appropriate for women of all ages and during low risk pregnancies if any of the following apply:

* You leak when laughing/sneezing/exercising or at any time

* You go to the bathroom more than 8 times daily

* You have moments where you suddenly need to go to the bathroom and leak on the way or barely make it in time

* You have pelvic organ prolapse or a sensation of heaviness/pressure in your vagina

* You have diastasis recti

* You have pelvic pain at rest, during sex, with tampon use, or at any other time

* You want to reduce your risk of pelvic dysfunctions before or after pregnancy

As a pelvic physiotherapist, I validate women's experiences and educate them about the prevalence of pelvic dysfunctions. I review treatment options and offer effective pelvic and core rehabilitation to address their situation. I empower women to improve their wellbeing and get back to the activities they care about by using strategies and exercises to build confidence and independence. I encourage clients to talk openly to reduce the embarrassment associated with pelvic concerns, spark conversation, and develop community.