The pelvis is the bony structure between the legs and spine. The pelvic floor is the group of muscles that form the bottom of the pelvis. The pelvic floor muscles attach to your tail bone and pubic bone and are comprised of the levator ani muscles, which include the pubococcygeus, puborectalis, and iliococcygeus muscles. These muscles can be damaged after childbirth. Likewise, they may be weakened as a result of aging and menopause. This results in a significant number of women in Singapore requiring physiotherapy.
The pelvic floor muscles:
Pelvic floor rehabilitation or re-education is not only about pelvic floor exercises. After a thorough assessment by our expert therapists, a treatment plan will target your current problem and identify underlying causes. Treatment modalities vary according to your needs and may include relaxation and/or strengthening pelvic floor exercises, manual therapy, biofeedback, electrotherapy, and advice.
Women’s health physiotherapy treatment methods such as pelvic floor rehabilitation by trained therapists has proven to be effective in treating and preventing many conditions.
The main goal of pelvic floor rehabilitation by our therapists is to help you regain a functional pelvic floor and to resolve the symptoms associated with dysfunctional pelvic floor muscles.
Treatment consists of:
At the Women & Children Centre Clinic, our women’s health physotherapists can assist you with managing your symptoms and improving the function of your pelvic floor.
Pelvic floor rehabiliation with our therapists includes physical strengthening and/or relaxing of the muscles of the pelvic floor to aid in the improvement of core stability and control over urination, bowel movements, and sexual function.
Consult our pelvic floor therapists if you have the following symptoms:
Generally, most patients enjoy a good success rate and experience an improved quality of life after treatment by our pelvic floor therapists. However, the efficacy is dependent on the severity of the condition treated.
Most experts recommend visiting your pelvic floor therapist once a week for a period of eight weeks. But it has to be noted that the treatment duration will change from person to person depending on the diagnosis, severity of the dysfunction and your individual goals.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact us for an assessment with our pelvic floor therapists as you may need treatment.
Though the exact cause remains unclear, a number of studies have linked pelvic floor problems to conditions or events that weakens the pelvic muscles and supporting connective tissues.