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Overactive Pelvic Floor Muscles (PFM)

If you’re experiencing generalised pelvic, vaginal or rectal pain; tailbone pain; urinary frequency; or other similar symptoms, then it is a good idea to have yourself checked for overactive pelvic floor muscles.

What causes overactive pelvic floor muscles?

Just like other muscles in the body, the pelvic floor can also become overactive and/or tense. This is typically caused by weak glutes, postural changes, chronic stress, previous traumatic experience, overactive abdominal muscles, or a combination of two or more of these factors.

What are the symptoms of overactive pelvic floor muscles?

The most common symptoms of overactive pelvic floor muscles are:

  • Generalised pain in the pelvic, vaginal, and/or rectal area
  • Inability to have penetrative intercourse
  • Tailbone pain
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Anorgasmia
  • Increased urinary frequency
  • Inability to effectively empty bladder or bowel

How are overactive pelvic floor muscles treated?

Our specialists here at Sydney Pelvic Clinic will first help you identify exactly which muscles are overactive and find out what’s causing the issue.

Next, they will use targeted internal release to help the muscles relax and improve your awareness of how they should feel at rest. In addition, they will also teach you home-based relaxation strategies to help you make progress faster.

A whole body approach will be adopted to investigate contributing factors to your overactive muscles. This will involve a discussion around your emotional health and physical health to inform your individualised management plan.