The Pelvic Floor – Guest Blog By Chartered Physiotherapist Lorraine Boyce

The Pelvic Floor

Lorraine BoyceDo you find that you leak when you sneeze or cough? Do you find sex painful? Is a pelvic organ prolapse holding you back from doing what you want to do every day?

I’m Lorraine Boyce, a specialist Physiotherapist in Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor Therapy and I’m here to help you with these kinds of issues. Most people associate Physiotherapy with sports injuries, joint pain or the general musculo-skeletal aches and pains that we all get from time to time. However, the area of Physiotherapy that I specialise in is quite specific, focusing on your pelvic floor internally alongside treating your low back and pelvic girdle externally.

Many people are surprised that Physiotherapy can actually address a lot of the pelvic issues I treat, such as bladder and bowel control, chronic pelvic pain and prolapse.

Often, women rely on medication for overactive bladder or surgery for prolapse without realising that Physiotherapy is a very effective option for treating complaints like these. From hands-on manual therapy techniques to tailored exercise therapy, use of e-stimuation and biofeedback to provision of a support pessary, there are so many treatment approaches for any pelvic floor complaint you might have.

The five most common issues that present to me for pelvic floor physiotherapy are:

  • Incontinence
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Recovery and rehabilitation of ‘Mummy Tummy’ and return to exercise.
  • Pelvic Girdle Pain during pregnancy
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain and overactive pelvic floor

My blog, the Mummy Manual, is there as a resource for you to get answers to those questions you might have and to be a source of information on the topics that we just tend not to talk about, so do check it out and perhaps I can help you with some of your women’s health needs. I am delighted to have been asked to contribute to JT Physiotherapy’s Newsletter from time to time and I am looking forward to answering any questions you have about Women’s Health issues, so feel free to mail me or call me at 0749161453.

www.lorraineboycephysio.ie

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