top of page

The Pelvic Floor

The pelvic floor muscles cover the base of the pelvis.  They are present in both men and women (albeit with slight anatomical variances) and work as a coordinated unit with your deep abdominal and back muscles, and your diaphragm to form your deep core.  When people talk about 'core stability', they are meaning the activation of this group of deep core muscles.  

Pelvic floor muscle dysfunction can occur as a result of: 

  • Fatigue (endurance runners, trampolinists, gymnasts, pregnancy, chronic coughing/sneezing, obesity)

  • Pain inhibition (low back pain, pelvic pain - external or internal)

  • Trauma (child birth, pelvic injuries, sexual abuse)

  • Repeated stretching (heavy lifting, weight/power lifting, straining to empty your bowel, vaginal deliveries)

  • Menopause (the decrease in oestrogen levels causes loss of muscle bulk) 

  • Disuse (illness, lack of physical activity)

  • Nerve damage (child birth, surgery, trauma)

And can lead to: 

  • Weakness of the pelvic floor muscles (PFM)

  • Tightness or spasm of the PFM

  • Poor coordination of the PFM as a group of muscles

  • Poor coordination of the PFM with the deep core muscles

  • Poor coordination of the PFM with breath

  • Lack of endurance or power of the PFM

  • Lack of muscle bulk and tone leading to lack of passive support for the pelvic organs

Female Pelvic Floor Muscles
female PFM 5.png
Male Pelvic Floor Muscles
male PFM 2.jpg
male PFM.jpg

Common symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction are: 

  • Incontinence of the bladder or bowel

  • Pelvic organ prolapse

  • Internal pelvic pain

  • Pain with sexual intercourse

  • External pelvic girdle pain

  • Non-resolving back, hip or groin pain

At Beaches Pelvic Physio we can assess your pelvic floor muscles and general pelvic health with a simple assessment.  We treat everyone from teenagers up to 90+yr olds, male and female. 

We also do specific assessments for: 

  • Menopause

  • Pre-/Post-Natal

  • Prolapse

  • Incontinence (bladder or bowel)

  • Pain

  • Men's Health

  • Urgency (bladder or bowel)

  • Constipation

  • Return to sport

  • Pre-/Post-Operative (including prostatectomy, hysterectomy, anterior/posterior repairs)

  • Running

From the assessment we either tell you're fine and go enjoy yourself, or we will discuss our findings with you and put together a treatment plan that is individually tailored to you and your goals.  

At Beaches Pelvic Physio we treat all aspects of the pelvis both internal and external,

together with associated areas of the body.  

We work closely with many Specialists, Therapists and Trainers including: GP’s; Integrative GP's; Sports Physicians; Gynaecologists; Obstetricians; Urologists; Urogynaecologists; Gastroenterologists; Colorectal Surgeons; Nutritionists; Naturopaths; Massage Therapists; Exercise Physiologists; Personal Trainers; Yoga & Pilates Instructors, to achieve the best results for you.

If you are unsure about anything, please don't hesitate to call us on: 02 9976 2666 or 02 9905 3500.

Alternatively you can email us at: 

or via the contact form


For online bookings:

bottom of page