Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy for Bowel Symptoms

elvic Floor Physiotherapy for Bowel Symptoms

Written by Natali Zantvoort – Physio

As pelvic floor physiotherapists, the focus of our practice is often treatment of bladder leakage and prolapse symptoms. Public awareness of these pelvic floor issues has increased in recent times and many clients are aware they can consult a physiotherapist for help.

How can Physiotherapy help?

When people attend their pelvic floor appointment they soon learn how important bowel function is and how it affects the bladder and pelvic floor. Often in treatment we address bowel symptoms to help resolve bladder and other pelvic floor issues.

What about those clients whose primary problem only involves the bowel?

Many people with chronic constipation have pelvic floor dysfunction during evacuation. Straining, hard or thin stools, and a feeling of incomplete elimination are common signs and symptoms. As slow transit constipation and functional constipation can overlap with pelvic floor dysfunction, some patients may also present with other signs and symptoms, such as a long time between bowel movements and abdominal pain.

I have completed an advanced pelvic floor course on anorectal dysfunction co-presented by a leading anorectal surgeon and pelvic floor physiotherapist. It was very useful to learn about the latest assessments and treatments both in the medical and physiotherapy fields. It reminded me how important physiotherapy is in treating bowel conditions. I would like to raise awareness that we can assess and treat bowel conditions such as constipation and faecal incontinence at Burleigh Heads Physiotherapy Centre.

If you suffer chronic or recurrent constipation it is important to first seek medical assessment.
When mechanical, anatomic, and disease- and diet-related causes of constipation have been ruled out, it is likely that pelvic floor muscle dysfunction is causing or contributing to constipation.

Our pelvic floor physiotherapist, carries out detailed assessments to identify pelvic floor dysfunction and create a treatment plan tailored to the individual.

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Our Response to Covid-19

This page is up to date to our best knowledge, however, this is a rapidly evolving situation so we apologise for any potential delay in updating this information.

We want to reassure all our patients that we are following stringent infection control procedures in our clinic, and screen all people coming into the clinic, to exclude any patients that have any signs or symptoms consistent with Covid-19, as well as screening any patients that should be in isolation ie recently returned from overseas, or have been advised to isolate due to recent exposure with a known Covid-19 patient.

All our staff have now completed the Department of Health Covid-19 Infection Control Training.

What are we doing to minimise risk?

  • Screening patients for risk factors over the phone or through text messages before they attend appointments. Those with risk factors or symptoms are advised not to attend & to seek medical advice.
  • Hand sanitiser station at the front of the building must be used before you enter.
  • Following stringent infection control measures within the clinic. This includes
    • Disinfecting all beds, door handles, EFTPOS machine before and after each patient use.
    • Linen changed between each patient and commonly touched surfaces through the practice are cleaned regularly throughout the day.
    • Minimising the distances between clients in the waiting room- some chairs are outside undercover.
  • We have advised our team members not to come to work if they have cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • We are following all Department of Health recommendations for our type of business.

On the 30th March 2020 – the Australian government issued a statement that “People aged over 70, aged over 60 with pre-existing conditions, or Indigenous people aged over 50 should stay home wherever possible for their own protection.”

The decision to come in for physiotherapy treatment really is an individual one – if you feel that your treatment is medically necessary, and are comfortable with the risks of leaving your home and coming to physiotherapy, then rest assured that when you attend our physiotherapy clinic, we are following our strict infection control processes and doing everything we can to minimise your risk whilst in our care. However, we completely understand if you are not comfortable with coming in for treatment.

TELEHealth Consultations

We are offering telehealth consults and home visits (where suitable) for patients who cannot attend our clinic.

Read more about TELEhealth Consultations here.

Staying Healthy

  • Wash your hands often (and for 20 seconds) with soap and water
  • Cough into your elbow or use a tissue to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Social distancing practices – Avoiding close contact with others, such as touching, including shaking hands
  • Limit contact with people who are sick, and stay home if you are sick and encourage employees to stay home when sick
  • Get 7-8 hours’ sleep a night to help your immune system stay strong
Please stay safe and take care of each other!

We are monitoring the situation very closely and will make adjustments to our business as we are further informed. Our priority is the health & well being of our patients and our staff. Thanks for your understanding.

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