Cystocele or Rectocele: Prolapse Physiotherapy Treatment London
Pelvic organ prolapse, also known as cystocele and rectocele, is not an uncommon condition and it affects to some degree up to 50% of women giving childbirth. The term refers to the bulging of one or more of the pelvic organs into the vagina, which can cause general discomfort, difficulty passing urine and pain during sex. It is, however, possible to not have any symptoms.
It is caused by weakening of tissues that supports the pelvic organs or the pelvic floor muscles, resulting in one or more of the pelvic organs pushing against the wall of the vagina. Pelvic organs include your bladder, uterus and rectum. They are held in place by tissue and the supported from below by the pelvic floor muscles. Anything that creates increased pressure in the abdomen can lead to pelvic organ prolapse, but the most common causes are:
• Pregnancy and childbirth
• Weakness in the pelvic muscles with advancing age
• Weakening and loss of tissue tone after menopause
If you think you might suffer from pelvic organ prolapse, consult your doctor. It can be an uncomfortable condition for a new mum, but it isn’t uncommon, especially for women that have given birth more than once. A lot of women don’t seek treatment because they feel too embarrassed to speak to their doctor, but you don’t have to go through life in discomfort; prolapse is a reversible condition.
Severe cases of prolapse can be treated with surgery, but most women won’t need that and can be treated with physiotherapy and exercise. Just like any other muscle, pelvic floor muscles can be trained and made stronger, thus preventing the occurrence of prolapse, or reversing the effects and avoiding further slippage. You will need to be guided through the specialised exercises by an experienced physiotherapist.
Mummy’s Physio specialises in the treatment of prolapse and related issues. Our experienced female physiotherapists offer home or on site visits in London, in order to maintain your privacy and comfort. If you are a new mother, a home visit means you can stay close to your new born baby while going through treatment.
After an initial assessment, our physiotherapists will use a wide range of techniques, from pelvic floor rehabilitation to hypopressive gymnastics, to allow you recover in a fast and safe way. They will teach you how to identify you pelvic floor muscles and how to tighten them in order to support your pelvic organs during daily activities. They will also teach you a range of exercises you can perform on your own between sessions, to speed up your recovery and maintain long term results.
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