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Pelvic Floor Unit

The rehabilitation department of Hospitales Universitarios San Roque has launched a project for the education, prevention and treatment of the pelvic floor. The aim of this project is to prevent consequences of this dysfunction, which is more and more common, and which affects both men and women.

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Pelvic floor issues can appear with various symptoms: incontinence (urinary or fecal), pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction (premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, pain during sex ...), etc. Very often, patients regard these symptoms as being an unavoidable part of their life, without giving them importance, but there may be a solution.

The pelvic floor is a set of muscles and ligaments that sustain the pelvic visceral system, both in men and women. This system can be affected by postsurgical consequences, childbirth injury or by the descent of some organs of the pelvis (pelvic organ prolapses). Pelvic floor dysfunction has an impact on the patients´ lives, as it creates physical limitations, but also emotional constraints and social isolation.

Before starting any treatment, the professionals of the unit have an interview with the patient and they carry out a physical examination during which the state of the different structures (muscles, ligaments...) is checked. From there, a personalised treatment plan involving stretching, massages, exercises, postural work, etc. is carried out, depending on the needs of each patient.

Specialised physiotherapy will provide all the techniques necessary to prevent such dysfunctions. Some of these techniques are: muscle strengthening, relaxation techniques, flexibilisation of the tissues, improvement of motor control and postural re-education to cope with the efforts made in everyday life activities. In this context, the physiotherapist frames the preparation for childbirth as an education and prevention measure, since childbirth is one of the most predisposing factors for pelvic floor injury. That is why we have created a pregnancy education programme for mothers and fathers with gynaecologists, midwives and physiotherapists and according to a practical and current concept.

Pelvic floor issues can appear with various symptoms: incontinence (urinary or fecal), pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction (premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, pain during sex ...), etc. Very often, patients regard these symptoms as being an unavoidable part of their life, without giving them importance, but there may be a solution.

The pelvic floor is a set of muscles and ligaments that sustain the pelvic visceral system, both in men and women. This system can be affected by postsurgical consequences, childbirth injury or by the descent of some organs of the pelvis (pelvic organ prolapses). Pelvic floor dysfunction has an impact on the patients´ lives, as it creates physical limitations, but also emotional constraints and social isolation.

Before starting any treatment, the professionals of the unit have an interview with the patient and they carry out a physical examination during which the state of the different structures (muscles, ligaments...) is checked. From there, a personalised treatment plan involving stretching, massages, exercises, postural work, etc. is carried out, depending on the needs of each patient.

Specialised physiotherapy will provide all the techniques necessary to prevent such dysfunctions. Some of these techniques are: muscle strengthening, relaxation techniques, flexibilisation of the tissues, improvement of motor control and postural re-education to cope with the efforts made in everyday life activities. In this context, the physiotherapist frames the preparation for childbirth as an education and prevention measure, since childbirth is one of the most predisposing factors for pelvic floor injury. That is why we have created a pregnancy education programme for mothers and fathers with gynaecologists, midwives and physiotherapists and according to a practical and current concept.

At Hospitales Universitarios San Roque in Maspalomas, we adapt to the needs of the island population, with a flexible schedule, and a multidisciplinary team of professionals at your service.

Childbirth Preparation

At Hospitales Universitarios San Roque, we offer support, care and training to expecting mothers through personalised care carried out by a multidisciplinary team. Our team is formed of a gynaecologist, a midwife and several specialised physiotherapists.

Our schedule is wide to suit your needs and we have an agreement with most medical insurances.

Our Childbirth Preparation Programme includes:

  • An appointment with our gynaecologist where you can ask all the questions you want.
  • Then, we will put you in contact with our midwife, who is flexible as regards means of communication. The number of sessions needed will be determined case by case.
  • Finally, we will give you an appointment with your physiotherapist so you can have your three sessions when it suits you best. During these sessions, you will receive training on the physical management of your body, dilation, expulsion, and re-education of the organs. We will supply a grid of exercises, we will talk about perineal massages and answer any remaining questions. What is more, we also have specific sessions for pelvic floor re-education.

 

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