Physiotherapy aims to help you understand and manage your symptoms, and to get you back to doing your usual level of activity. Physiotherapy can help to relieve your pain and improve your strength and prevent future problems. It can help you to optimise your recovery so you can return to doing the things you love.

What can Physiotherapy help with?

Musculoskeletal issues:

  • Sports Injuries
  • Neck Pain & Whiplash Injury
  • Back Pain & Sciatica
  • Shoulder & Elbow Pain
  • Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chest & Rib Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Post-injury and Post-operative Rehabilitation
  • Muscle and Ligament Injuries
  • Coccydynia (tailbone pain)
  • Arthritis.

Pelvic Health (women) issues:

  • Pelvic Pain
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction & Incontinence
  • Back/Pelvic Pain in Pregnancy
  • Post-natal issues including Pain, Abdominal Muscle Separation, Incontinence
  • Pelvic-Organ Prolapse
  • Pain during Sexual Intercourse.
What should I expect on my first visit?

On your first visit, the Physiotherapist will take a detailed history and complete an examination.

You will likely need to undress, depending on the area or issue you need help with. Please wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move easily.

The Physiotherapist will discuss the outcome of your assessment and diagnosis, and make a tailored plan for your treatment.

What will the sessions involve?

Your physiotherapy sessions will combine advice and physical therapy to restore movement, build strength, and improve body function.

Treatment may include:

  • Exercise programmes
  • Manual therapy
  • Massage
  • Taping
  • Acupuncture.
What can I expect from a Pelvic-Health Physiotherapy session?

Your first Pelvic Health Physiotherapy session will include an assessment. This may cover:

  • Detailed medical history and symptoms discussed
  • Bladder, bowel and sexual function screening
  • Breathing assessment
  • Functional movement assessment
  • Pelvic-floor internal examination — this is optional; it can provide lots of useful information, including whether the muscles are working effectively and how strong they are.

You will then likely need three to six appointments to address your symptoms.

This will be discussed as part of your treatment plan.

Is Physiotherapy suitable during pregancy?

Every woman experiences physical changes during pregnancy, which alters posture and adds challenge to your supporting musculature and soft tissue. Some women can experience lower back pain, hip and groin pain, mid-back pain and sciatica. These symptoms may affect your walking, exercise ability and general day-to-day activity.

These painful symptoms can be managed with specialised pregnancy physiotherapy treatment. The aim is to help you manage this pain better, and keep you as mobile and active as possible throughout your pregnancy.

During your treatment, we will also cover advice on maintaining a healthy pelvic floor, exercising safely, and preparing your body for birth.

What about post-natal treatment?

The Mummy MOT® assessment is a specialist post-natal checkup following a vaginal or C-section delivery – no matter how long ago. You can be reviewed from six weeks after giving birth. For more details see Mummy MOT®.

How much does it cost?

Initial Consultation:

  • Musculoskeletal issue: £60 for 45 minutes
  • Pelvic Health / Mummy MOT: £90 for 1 hour

Follow-up Treatments: £45 for 30 minutes

Useful Links

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy:

Helen McLoughlin:

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Meet the Practitioners

Contact the Alma Vale Centre to find out more, or to book your initial consultation:

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