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Men's Pelvic Health

Bowel

Do you strain to empty your bowel & feel like you haven’t completely emptied?
Do you have bowel movements less than three times a week?
Do you have to rush to the toilet or experience soiling of your underwear?

Constipation and loss of bowel control are highly distressing problems that are seldom talked about. These problems can have a huge impact on your life. Constipation and difficulty emptying your bowel can leave you feeling bloated, uncomfortable and sluggish. You might find yourself avoiding intimacy and social situations and too worried to leave the house in the morning if you haven’t had a bowel action.  

Many men experience bowel problems but feel too embarrassed to ask for help.  The good news is that you don’t have to live with it or suffer in silence. Help is available.

Common Symptoms:

    Having to strain to empty your bowel
    Hard stool
    Having to return to the toilet soon after a bowel action
    Faecal soiling with activity or on the way to the toilet
    Rushing to the toilet for a bowel action with an overwhelming urge to go
    Accidently passing wind

Possible Causes Of Bowel Problems:

    Constipation & straining/poor toileting habits
    Poor fluid intake
    Dietary factors
    Radiation therapy
    Heavy lifting
    Stress and anxiety
    Ageing

How We Can Help:

Physiotherapy can help improve your bowel control and emptying so that you can get on with your life.  At Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy we specialise in providing a personalised pelvic health program exclusively for you which will include a bowel management program.

What To Expect:

    A thorough assessment to establish your goals, pelvic floor requirements and treatment plan
    Design of a personalised pelvic floor muscle exercise program
    Progression of your program  and application to daily activities
    Instruction in a more effective way to empty your bowel which may include balloon therapy
    Advice to improve stool consistency

 

What Do I Do Next?

 

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Did You Know

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What Is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?

The pelvic floor muscles are at the base of the pelvis and attach from the pubic bone at the front to the tail bone at the back. They are like a hammock and support the bladder, uterus and bowel. They also help control the bladder and bowel and play a role in sexual function.

If the pelvic floor muscles are weak, they can contribute to poor bladder and bowel control and pelvic organ prolapse. If you are unable to relax your pelvic floor you may have problems with bladder and bowel emptying or sexual and pelvic pain.

Our specifically trained Physiotherapists will evaluate the function of your pelvic floor muscles and assess your ability to contract and relax these muscles. Pelvic floor muscle training under the guidance of a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist is recognised as an effective treatment for these problems.

 

Real Time Ultrasound – A Useful Tool

We’re up to date with the latest technology which includes Real Time Ultrasound. 
This is an imaging technology that shows contraction and relaxation of deep muscles in real time and allows us to give you a more accurate assessment if required.

 

Uses Of Real Time Ultrasound

•  Your Physiotherapist may make use of ultrasound as part of your pelvic floor and abdominal assessment to ensure you’re activating and relaxing your muscles correctly

•  It may be used as a teaching tool to provide you with immediate visual feedback to improve learning and performance

•  Real Time Ultrasound can be used as a bladder scanner to assess bladder emptying

 

Our Locations

Camberwell
549 Burke Rd, Camberwell VIC 3124
T: 03 8823 8300
F: 03 8823 8399
Hampton
170 Thomas St, Hampton VIC 3188
T: 03 9521 0444
F: 03 9521 0777 

Also consulting at:

Box Hill:  Epworth Eastern Hospital, Level 3, Suite 19, 1 Arnold Street
East Bentleigh: Southern Urology, 7 Chester Street
East Melbourne: Urology Consultants Victoria, Suite 102, Freemasons Hospital, 320 Victoria Parade
Malvern: Australian Urology Associates, Ground Floor, 322 Glenferrie Road
Malvern: Cabrini Mother and Baby Centre, Area E, Level 2, Cabrini Hospital, 183 Wattletree Road

If you’d like to make an appointment for one of these locations please call our Camberwell rooms on 03 8823 8300