Hernia symptoms can often be managed with Physiotherapy!
Whether you have had surgical repair of a hernia or are in the early stages of a hernia - symptoms can often be managed with appropriate physiotherapy intervention.
Hernia's occur when the pressure placed on your muscle or tissue exceeds its strength. It can happen acutely in the case of huge loads on the tissue or can occur slowly over time with frequent exposure to this pressure.
There are many types of hernia which include the following:
- Inguinal hernia - the most common type at 70% - effecting the groin region
- Hiatus hernia - when part of your stomach protrudes up through the diaphragm into your chest cavity.
- Incisional hernia - occurs in up to 20% of post-operative abdominal surgeries (laparotomy)
What can physiotherapy do to reduce symptoms and/or risk of hernia?
The main goal of physiotherapy is to:
- Reduce pressure off the tissue (e.g. addressing poor breathing mechanics)
- Strengthen the supporting tissue (e.g. deep core strengthening)
- Apply compression support to assist
- Reduce aggravating activities and gradually re-introduce
Learning to breathe with your diaphragm and reducing breath holding can decrease pressure on your abdominal wall. This can reduce hernia risk. Our physiotherapists are all trained in providing this education and exercise.