It appears to me that the topic of pelvic floor muscles and problems related to it are not very well known. And it needs to be more openly discussed as it can potentially affect all types of people alike – young or old, male or female, whether you have had children or not. And it can be bladder or bowel related too. Sometime these problems arise suddenly, sometimes they develop over time, and other times there has been emotional or physical trauma.
Issues like wetting yourself when you exercise, not making it in time to the loo, needing to go every hour, having painful sexual intercourse, seeing your insides protruding where they shouldn’t be, being worried to go out and socialise because there isn’t a bathroom close-by… these are only some of what is happening on a daily basis for a large part of the population… problems which can all be resolved!
As a physiotherapist with a special interest in Women’s Health, I have seen many women break down when describing their symptoms. Why? As women, our identity and everyday bodily functions are deeply linked to our reproductive system, and whatever happens there can have far-reaching repercussions for us and loved ones. I have come to realise how debilitating, embarrassing and absolutely helpless one can be when suffering from such issues… and most of the time, these women bear it alone.
So, if you are reading this and thinking that I am speaking directly to you, please please don’t feel like you are helpless and that your life is controlled by these symptoms. You can seek help from your GP or Women’s Health Physio. This post is not about telling you what you should or shouldn’t do, because not every condition is about strengthening the pelvic floor, as most people seem to think. Sometimes, there is a time to tighten… and there is a time to let go.
However, my aim is to encourage you not to be afraid of speaking about your condition – chances are, the person you are confiding to is suffering from the same thing or may know of someone else who is. If what you are experiencing is out of the norm, you don’t have to keep putting up with it – there are appropriate exercises, stretches, medications and props, just to name a few, which can be used to help you gain control and help you get your life back on track again. Don’t be afraid to seek help and advice!
So if you feel you need help, don't be embarrassed but look for a women's health physiotherapist, utilise your private health fund if you have one and begin to enjoy life to the full again!
Remember, this is what we do, we see this nearly every day and have spent hours researching and studying it. It is not weird for us, what we want to do is help you overcome whatever obstacles are in the way of your best and most whole life.