Can physiotherapy help prevent UTIs? The answer: YES!
A lot of women assume the muscles in their pelvic floor are weak and need to be strengthened, however, the majority of women actually have hypertonia, which means their pelvic floors are too tight.
Because the urethra, vagina and anus are all housed in the same band of muscles, called the levator ani muscles, bacteria is transferred between them more easily when you have hypertonic pelvic floor muscles, thus leading to UTIs.
There are many factors that can lead to hypertonic pelvic floor muscles:
- Sexual trauma
- Holding in gas
Physiotherapy (including internal and external manual therapy) can:
- relax and lengthen the muscles in the pelvic floor so that everything isn’t so close together
- use stretching, relaxation and breathing exercises to improve blood flow
- improve vaginal flora, lubrication and waste removal to help fight off bacteria
A Pelvic Health Physiotherapist can determine the proper course of action for your pelvic floor muscles to help prevent recurring UTIs and other issues.
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