FACT: It is common - but it's not normal!
"According to the Canadian Continence Foundation approximately 3.5 million Canadians experience some form of incontinence. That’s roughly 1 in 3 women". How often do you hear women say things like “don’t make me laugh I’ll pee my pants” or“I can’t jump on the trampoline with my kids anymore without peeing”, what about “I can hardly make it in the door without wetting myself.” These are all common complaints but they aren’t normal and it's a sign of pelvic floor dysfunction. Pelvic floor physiotherapists can help to identify and treat the cause of dysfunction with great results.
FACT: While it is common following childbirth, pain is never normal.
FACT: Sorry ladies, not the case.
FACT: Sometimes, but the opposite is also true.
FACT: Not always, sometimes they can make things worse.
Secondly, "30-40% of women don’t know how to effectively perform a Kegel". Many people think they are doing a Kegel when in actual fact they are using other muscles like the glutes and adductors. You need to learn how to activate your pelvic floor properly without accessory muscles. It is also important to learn how to use your core muscles (diaphragm, abdominals, and pelvic floor) together to protect your pelvic floor from unnecessary strain and pressures. Just when you thought you were done- you need to be able to add movement and exercise to the equation. Its not as simple as you think!
If you think you might have pelvic floor dysfunction you should be evaluated by a trained healthcare professional. A pelvic floor trained physiotherapist can help to assess, treat, advise and educate on the appropriate treatment plan individualized to your needs. It is normal to feel a little intimidated about a pelvic floor assessment because it typically involves an internal vaginal exam. However, our physiotherapists will go above and beyond to ensure you are comfortable, informed and respected every step of the way.
Women’s Health Physiotherapy
Stephanie Brown PT is trained in the Physiotherapy Approach to Female Urinary Incontinence, Physiotherapy Approach for Dyspareunia (painful intercourse), and Physiotherapy for Ano-Rectal Disorders. She is also a certified Core Confidence and Pre/Post Natal Fitness Specialist. Stephanie is a mom to two young children and decided to pursue the Women’s Health field of physiotherapy after personally struggling with her own pelvic health issues postpartum.
To learn more or to book an appointment with Stephanie Brown, PT or one of our health care professionals, call Choice Health Centre at 902-404-3668 or book an initial assessment online.