When we talk about pelvic floor dysfunction, we talk about a lot of things:
Incontinence (with pressure on the bladder)
Digestive issues (with tension in the gut and reduced space to eliminate)
Pelvic organ prolapse
If any of these issues affect you, or someone you love, there’s something you need to know: fascia has a lot to do with it.
What is fascia anyway?
Simply put, fascia is a type of connective tissue. It runs all through your body in a kind of three-dimensional web that covers EVERYTHING. It has become something of a buzz word lately, like it is a new-fangled thing, but physiotherapists have been studying the effects of fascia for decades now.
What is the pelvic floor?
Your pelvic floor refers to the muscles that run from your pubic bone to your tailbone, and from your sits bones side to side. It affects all of your reproductive organs, digestive organs, blood vessels, nerves, etc. And all of these things are affected by your fascia.
So how does this affect you?
If you’ve ever felt pain, tension, or tightness in your pelvic region, chances are your pelvic floor fascia are involved. While these issues can have many causes (injuries, surgeries, traumas, stress, posture, even pent up emotions) fascia plays a big role in all of them.
So what can i do?
Usually, when things go awry down there, people feel ashamed. Maybe you avoid talking about it, and search Doctor Google, instead. His answer? Invariably kegels. While this is great for some things, it can be totally counterproductive if you have tightness, tension, restriction, and pain. And because a lot of the symptoms of tightness look like the symptoms of weakness, it is important to get assessed by a pelvic floor expert (like me!)
If you’ve been told that ‘there’s nothing wrong with you', or ‘you're just getting older', or ‘you've just had a baby so what can you expect?' you’re not alone. Most fascia issues don’t show up on any conventional tests, which can leave people feeling alone and yes, still in pain.
So, if your pelvic floor isn’t feeling its best, book an assessment today! You don’t have to go through this alone, and you don’t have to live your life in pain. There is life after pelvic floor dysfunction - you just have to find the right treatment for you!