Women’s Health Physiotherapy is a specialist area of physiotherapy which focuses on gynaecological and pregnancy (ante-natal and post-natal) health issues and is a highly effective and clinically proven way to treat various health concerns affecting women. All too often we find that women are unaware the benefits of this form of physiotherapy and suffer in silence with what can be embarrassing and lifestyle limiting conditions, but help is available!
Conditions which can be treated include:
- Stress and Urge bladder incontinence
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Bowel Incontinence
- Pelvic Girdle Pain
- Low and central back pain during and after pregnancy
- Post-natal separation of the abdominal muscles
- Advice on returning to exercise after pregnancy
We know from research by Netmums that these conditions are more common than originally estimated and often women are too embarrassed to seek help and would rather avoid activities that they may have enjoyed previously and this need not be the case.
Often and in most cases, you may have been diagnosed by your GP or a specialist consultant with one or more of the above conditions and unfortunately, not all GP’s are aware of Women’s Health Physiotherapy services and just how beneficial it can be. However, if you haven’t seen your GP yet and think that you may have a condition that could be treated with Women’s Health Physiotherapy here are a few useful questions, which, if you answer ‘yes’ to one or more of these, we may be able to help you:
- Do you have to urgently run to the toilet or go unusually frequently?
- Do you leak urine/gas/stools when coughing or sneezing or taking part in energetic activities?
- Do you feel a heaviness in your pelvic area or does it feel like there is a lump or block down there?
- Are you pregnant and experiencing any of the above symptoms?
- You’ve given birth but not sure if your body has returned back to normal and want advice on returning to exercise safely?
If you would like to seek further help for any of the conditions mentioned, Women’s Health Physiotherapy is available in our clinic on Mondays with Gemma Richardson and Fridays with Lorna Rollason. Your first appointment will last approximately 45-60 minutes and will involve a thorough assessment as well as your first treatment. Follow up appointments are approximately 30 minutes and your physiotherapy will guide you on a home exercise plan and how many sessions might be needed and how often.
We recognise how these conditions affect women and you can be assured of a professional yet empathetic approach to your concerns so please do not hesitate to call and have a chat and see if we can help.