Pucker Up Your Pelvic Floor
As we approach Valentine’s Day, specialist Physiotherapists are again running the ‘Pucker Up Your Pelvic Floor’ campaign. The aim is to raise awareness that specialist physiotherapists can help with sexual problems.
The media is beginning to discuss pelvic floor problems and sexual difficulties a little more, however the fact that physiotherapy can really help is rarely mentioned.
See the BBC news article here: ‘Sex is painful for nearly one in 10 women study finds’
Most people associate pelvic floor exercises and physiotherapy with reducing bladder problems, however research also shows that strengthening, toning and knowing how to relax the pelvic floor muscles has an impact on sexual enjoyment and performance too. Pelvic floor treatment can help strengthen the muscles and improve blood supply and nerve activity. All of these lead to greater pleasure.
Appropriately trained pelvic health physiotherapists (who will be full members of the POPG – Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy Organisation), specialise in the assessment, examination and treatment of the pelvic floor.
So whether you are struggling with painful intercourse, vaginal tightness, lack of sensation, orgasm problems or urinary leakage physiotherapy treatment can often really help.
You can access helpful, evidence-based booklets about the pelvic floor from the POGP website POGP leaflets
Carolyn Lindsay has postgraduate training in assessment and treatment of the pelvic floor. She has been a specialist physiotherapist since 2004 and regularly (and successfully) works with patients who are struggling with painful, or unsatisfactory, sex. She continues to work towards her diploma in Psychosexual Medicine (with the Institute of Psychosexual Medicine). All treatment (as with any physiotherapy treatment) is completely confidential.
She is also a Mummy MOT practitioner – offering postnatal checks (including pelvic floor checks) for Mums. Further details about Carolyn’s work and training can be found on her personal website www.womenshealththerapy.co.uk
If you would like to book an assessment, or discuss how physiotherapy can help then Contact Carolyn Lindsay here