Pelvic floor physiotherapy is the number one manual treatment for organ prolapse prevention.
What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
Pelvic organ prolapse occurs with the lowering of the bladder, uterus, urethra, or rectum into or past the vagina. While multiple combined factors cause organ prolapse, the trauma caused to the tissues during pregnancy and delivery (vaginal or cesarean) plays a significant role.
Symptoms may include:
- A feeling of heaviness in the vagina or rectum.
- Incomplete emptying of the bladder or bowels.
- The ability to see and feel the prolapsed tissue.
Is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy For Prolapse Prevention Necessary?
Pelvic floor physiotherapy for prolapse prevention is a necessary first step in proactively ensuring organ prolapse is less likely to occur. In addition, pelvic floor physiotherapy is often prescribed to treat an existing prolapsed organ. Pelvic floor physiotherapy will not return the prolapsed pelvic organ to its original position. Still, it can help improve the strength of the pelvic floor muscles so that they provide more support to the pelvic organs to prevent further slippage.
Primary Risk Factors for Organ Prolapse
The primary risk factors for prolapse include increased BMI, pregnancy and childbirth, cancer treatments, chronic infections, age, trauma, menopause, and excessive increased intra-abdominal pressure from chronic constipation or coughing.
Either way, pelvic floor physiotherapy is a necessary course of action for women.
What to Expect With Treatment
A pelvic floor assessment and specific pelvic floor muscle training in the way of physical therapy are a critical piece of the treatment process. The most common risk factors for pelvic floor prolapse prevention include poor control of increased intra-abdominal pressure, leading to excessive strain on the pelvic floor muscles. When working with your pelvic floor physiotherapist, they will closely examine abdominal control and strength, breathing pattern preference, and functional movement assessments. Observing one’s movement patterns during the activities that seem to make symptoms worse (jumping, running, walking, weight lifting, sneezing, coughing) can help reduce symptoms and improve tolerance for everyday activities or exercise.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse is Life Altering
Most people would benefit from pelvic floor physiotherapy for organ prolapse prevention. Even those who have already experienced organ prolapse require guidance through pelvic floor physiotherapy as a treatment. Our Mississauga office offers pelvic floor physiotherapy that provides education around bladder/bowel habits, positioning on the toilet, fluid intake, and exercise to ensure prolapse symptoms do not worsen. There are manual treatments offered, along with instructions for functional movement training and lifting mechanics to help improve your confidence around daily activities while reducing recurrence rates.
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