When should you visit a physiotherapist specialized in pelvic floor?
Fortunately, more and more women are aware of how important it is to take good care of their pelvic floor, especially during and after pregnancy. Nevertheless, doubts on when to see a pelvic floor specialist still persist.
Have you ever considered asking for an evaluation of your pelvic floor? Would you like to know what the test consist of? If you’re having doubts on whether or not you should see a pelvic floor specialist, keep on reading.
So… What does the pelvic floor test consist of?
It’s a revision carried about by a physiotherapist specialized in these areas. His aim is to detect possible functional alterations, both of the muscles and structures that together form the pelvic floor as of the abdominal, pelvic and perineal sphere.
If you have one of the following symptoms, it’s time to visit a physiotherapist specialized in pelvic floor:
- Painful sexual intercourse
- Urine loss
- Menstrual pain
- After childbirth and / or surgery
- After a prolapse
- Vaginal dryness
- Lumbar or pelvic pain
There are other situations in which an evaluation of the pelvic floor might be recommendable:
- When practicing high-impact sport or hyper-pressive sports (running, jumping, tennis, padel, traditional abs, crossfit).
- During menopause
- If you’re suffering from chronic constipation, hemorrhoids, fissures, …
What does a first session with a physiotherapist specialized in pelvic floor consist of?
In the first place, the physiotherapist will perform an anamnesis or clinical interview, to get to know that patient ‘s specific situation. During this interview, the motives for the visit will be discussed, as well as the medical and obstetric background of the patient, gynecological symptoms, the patient’s profession and practiced sports, lifestyle, etc with the intention of localizing the origin of the pelvic floor disorder.
After this first anamnesis, a physical exploration will be performed of the external structures, such as the rib cage, the diaphragm, the abdomen, the abdominal cavity, the lumbar muscles, hips, pelvis and the body in general, including posture.
Followed by an external and internal gynecological exploration.
During the session, the physiotherapist will keep you informed on what he or she is doing and why, so you feel comfortable and an active part of the process.
Many women are scared or feel ashamed when they experience pelvic floor-related problems. And they are unaware of what a physiotherapist specialized in pelvic floor can do to help them. They even convince themselves that the problems they’re facing are normal and that they cannot be solved.
But do not be mistaken…. You don’t have to live with urine loss, dryness or pain during sexual intercourse.
Actually, the main objective of the physiotherapist is to improve your quality of life.
Should you visit a physiotherapist specialized in pelvic floor during pregnancy?
This period is very important for the future mommy and an ideal moment to prevent and treat the different dysfunctions that can appear during pregnancy.
Apart from assisting the future mommy during all the changes she will be experiencing, the physiotherapist plays an important role after birth as well, when the woman will need to recover.
What’s obstetric physiotherapy?
It is a part of physiotherapy specialized in the treatment of different dysfunctions that a woman can suffer during pregnancy and after birth.
What can it help with?
- Prevent pain and musculoskeletal issues.
- Prevent possible injuries during delivery.
- Show exercises that are adapted to each stage of pregnancy.
- Show exercises to stimulate a natural birth…
Pelvic floor dysfunction treatment with Tecar Evolution
Capenergy has designed second generation tecar therapy devices that help us treat the pelvic floor muscles. They increase the local blood flow and therefore the nutrient supply, thusly improving tissue elasticity.
With our MJS probe, the physiotherapist specialized in pelvic floor can perform an intracavitary treatment fully knowing the applied temperature level, which enables him to assure the stimulation of collagen generation. He can thusly obtain benefits such as:
- Increase of the blood flow
- Increase of the nutrient supply
- Improvement of tissue elasticity
It is furthermore a painless technique, pleasant for the patient, with satisfying results from the first session on.