Are you a sports woman in Ballet, Performing arts, gymnastics, athletics, Olympic or power lifting? Are you a Tri-Athlete or runner or maybe you enjoy Crossfit , boot camp or Military fitness? Maybe you have recently returned to sport after having a baby.
Whether you have had children or not you have a pelvic floor which works with your rib cage, breathing mechanism and abdominals to support your lumbar spine and pelvis. If you do sports especially at a high level your Pelvic floor is very very important.
We know the incidence of stress incontinence in the general public is 1/3 and has been found to be much higher in some elite sports. People performing at elite level sport tend not to have had children so this relates to you also even if you haven’t had kids. Ok there are exceptions like Paula Radcliffe and Jessica Ennis but they are the exception.
Kids or no Kids: Your Pelvic floor is important for sports.
If you have any of the following it may mean you have a pelvic floor problem
How will Specialist Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Differ that other treatment I’ve had?
A lot is the basic answer.
You will have a discussion about your symptoms and how they relate to your urinary control and whether you have any pelvic, groin, vaginal symptoms. You will also discuss whether your symptoms are affecting your sexual activity or activities like using a tampon.
What will the Assessment involve!
Yes, Your pelvic floor will be examined but this initially doesn’t involve an internal examination. Initially your pelvic floor can be reliably assessed using ultrasound imaging by your physio. This is a little bit like the scanning that is done during pregnancy although without the baby bit !
We will see how well you can contract the fast twitch part of your pelvic floor ( Usain Bolt bit) and the endurance part ( Mo Farah bit) . Like your calf muscles both fibres are important especially if you are a sports person.
We will also look at how well you can work your Mo and Usain fibres while doing weigh bearing activities such as squatting, lunging, jumping, landing etc. This is dynamic pelvic floor assessment and relates to your sport.
Lots of time is also spent seeing how your pelvic floor works with your abdominals , hip and breathing muscles. This is where the problem tends to be i.e they don’t work well together.
We also look at your hip, lumbar spine (low back ) and pelvic joints and your rib cage to make sure it’s all moving and working well.
Will I need to stop training?
This is unlikely as training is a key part of your rehab process but possibly with some modifications.
What will Treatment consist of?
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