Stress incontinenceOccurs when the pressure acting on the bladder is greater than your pelvic floor strength May occur when you cough, sneeze, lift, run, or jump Solution: Increase your pelvic floor strength
Urge Urinary incontinenceOccurs when your bladder contracts without you being on the toilet May occur with these triggers: Coffee, fizzy drinks, alcohol, artificial sugars, running water, on route to the toilet or with key in the door
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A prolapse is a descent of one or more of the pelvic organs into the vagina. This includes; the bladder, bowels or uterus.
Symptoms of a ProlapseVaginal bulging, aching or heaviness Incomplete emptying of bowels or bladder Incontinence
What can help my Prolapse?A supervised pelvic floor muscle training program Suitable lifestyle advice and modifications Exercise modifications Vaginal Pessary
Sacroiliac Joint PainCan occur during pregnancy or beyond. It is commonly felt in a clear area over the sacroiliac joint and is often aggravated by walking, household chores and any single leg activity like dressing or stair climbing.
Causes of Sacroiliac joint painMuscle imbalance causing increased load to the ligaments around the joint. Overload of the joint itself causing joint inflammation Alterations in posture after pregnancy causing increased load to go through through the joint
Treatment for Sacroiliac joint painA tailored exercise program to address imbalances in muscle tightness and strength Joint mobilizations to free up stiff joints Bracing and life alterations to allow for ligament and bone healing
Pubic Symphysis PainCommonly associated with pregnancy or beyond, and usually caused by increased movement at the pubic symphysis joint. There are many contributing factors to developing this condition including; foot mechanics, hip mechanics, joint laxity, neuromuscular imbalance and occupational stresses. At Pelvic Health Melbourne, we have some of the top clinical experts in treating pelvic girdle pain, to help get you better faster.
Coccyx PainAt Pelvic Health Melbourne we CAN help your coccyx pain. Coccyx pain can be disabling, limiting your sitting tolerance and quality of life. Felt on tailbone mostly with sitting, it can often be caused by fall onto the tailbone or childbirth. We look at all the factors contributing to your tailbone pain and treat everything, reducing, if not completely relieving your pain.
Hip PainPelvic Girdle pain may be caused or contributed to by hip dysfunction which can cause changes in forces going through either the pubic symphysis at the front or the sacroiliac joints. You may require hip X-rays to adequately ascertain if you have hip dysplasia or some hip dysfunction which is altering the load through your pelvis. After pregnancy your posture may be significantly changed contributing to alterations in load through the pelvis and causing hip or pelvic problems. At Pelvic Health Melbourne we are experts at assessment, diagnosis and treatment of hip and pelvic pain. Book Now
Mastitis is inflammation of the milk ducts. The inflammation is the result of milk flowing backwards through the ducts and into the breast tissue. This is due to an increase in pressure in the milk ducts. Breast milk contains protein. When the milk enters the breast tissue, the protein is recognized as “foreign” and creates an inflammatory response in this tissue.
Signs and Symptoms of Mastitis?
• Pain • Swelling • Redness • Fever • Fatigue and generally feeling unwell *These are all the signs of inflammation and infection
Treatment of Mastitis1. Therapeutic Ultrasound from a qualified Lactation Physiotherapist. 2. Rest. Treat your condition like you have the flu. Rest in bed and only look after you and your baby until the symptoms pass. 3. Ice. Use cold packs every 2hrs for 15-20 mins to help with pain and swelling. 4. Massage. Gently massage the breast towards the armpit. Use as much pressure as you would to stroke a cat or dog. For more information check our resource pages: Mastitis in the Lactating Breast MPH Massage for Mastitis MPH
Menopause is the change of life where a woman no longer menstruates and their period stops permanently. A woman is considered to have gone through menopause when she has not had a period for 12 months. After menopause our sex hormones, oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone slowly decline to a very low levels. These hormones are responsible for maintaining tissue elasticity including vaginal tissue and they cause our lining of the uterus to thicken during the menstrual cycle. These hormones also preserve bone and muscle mass, they maintain vaginal blood flow and lubrication and they contribute to libido. What are some of the Common Symptoms Associated with Menopause? • Hot flushes • Night sweats • Insomnia • Vaginal dryness • Bone loss (reduced bone density/osteoporosis) • Fatigue • Heavy or irregular bleeding • Incontinence (bladder and/or bowel) • Urinary urgency (the need to rush to the toilet to urinate) • Urinary frequency