Claire Brodie, Women’s Health Physiotherapist and owner of Spring Physio answers some common questions about pelvic health and exercise.
Why is it important that healthcare professionals raise the awareness of pelvic health?
The statistics related to the number of people affected by pelvic floor problems are staggering. 1 in 3 women suffer urinary incontinence, 1 in 2 women over 50 have a prolapse and 1 in 10 women experience faecal incontinence. Whilst the stats are lower for men, they have issues too! The pelvic floor is an often neglected group of muscles, despite having a very important job to do. Historically, talk of problems such as prolapse and incontinence have been taboo and probably as result of this women wait 7 years (on average) to seek help. The use of social media campaigns such as www.pelvicroar.org are doing a great job of raising awareness.
What does your pelvic floor do?
Your pelvic floor provides support to your pelvic organs and stops you leaking wee, poop and wind. It helps with sexual function; forms part of our core muscles and therefore has an important role in the rehabilitation of back and pelvic problems.