Pelvic floor function test
A year after giving birth for the first time 80% of all women have pelvic floor issues. By performing a manual and EMG pelvic floor measurement, you will get a reliable insight in the state of you pelvic floor and what should be done for achieve full recovery.
Manual and EMG measurement
A delivery is a heavy burden on the pelvic floor. When you are cut or have a tear or a vacuum extraction has to be performed, we recommend that you definitely analyze your pelvic floor muscles if they are functioning as they should! If you have not suffered any damage, your pelvic floor is always stretched 240% during any delivery, so a function test is not superfluous.
At Mothers in Motion we do an extensive function test of your pelvic floor by means of a manual examination (once and only, performed by specialist, Stephanie Leyh), in addition we do an EMG measurement in different positions to have a complete picture of the functions of the pelvic floor . This is done with a 2 channel measurement of the abdomen and pelvic floor. If you only do one channel you can see a 'false' positive image because there are many muscles (buttocks, adductors and abdomen) that can contract instead of the pelvic floor making it look good on the screen!
If your pelvic floor is not in order or if it does not do anything at all (which often occurs after a cut, vacuum and / or rupture) then we have a home trainer that you can rent and usually within a month or two everything is back in order, so no worries! But do not wait to call in professional help. You do not have to walk around with inconveniences.
Postnatal pelvic floor exam
During a pelvic floor exam we start by talking about your complaints or problems.Then we start with an internal exam for a first analysis of the state of the pelvic floor muscles. First manual, and then with a vaginal probe; the so called EMG exam. This will give and exact an reliable measurement of the abdominal and pelvic floor muscular activity and provides insight in how to strengthen these muscles. (and if any additional pelvic physical therapy is needed).Afterwards you can keep the probe; if there's a follow up exam you will need it again and it can also be used for training. Our pelvic floor specialist will explain how to train the muscles and give you specialised exercises.
No one should accept incontinence after giving birth!