Physiotherapy & Pilates

What is physiotherapy? A holistic approach to help to restore movement and function if you are affected by injury, surgery, or disability or simply wish to prevent injuries in the future.

What is women’s health physiotherapy? It is the specific assessment and treatment of the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles which often require rehabilitation after birth or surgery.

As a pelvic health specialist with techniques learnt in the UK and France, Liz can treat the many side effects of menopause, including treatment for physical aches and pains, pelvic floor rehabilitation and self-care strategies to improve mood, sleep and well being.

What is pilates? Pilates aims to strengthen the body in an even way, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and wellbeing. Liz may use pilates-style exercises in physiotherapy sesssions to help you achieve your goals but also holds group pilates classes on Tuesdays at 6pm.

What conditions can this treatment help with?

Women’s health physiotherapy can help if you are suffering from pregnancy-related musculoskeletal problems like back pain, pelvic pain, sciatica or carpal tunnel syndrome.

You may also be struggling with balance, bladder, bowel and pelvic floor dysfunction, causing incontinence, pain, pelvic organ prolapse or sexual dysfunction. Gentle exercises can help improve or even solve symptoms – some people are adressing this years after the birth of their children.

Liz is also able to treat sporting and post surgical non-pelvic conditions and has worked both in the NHS and for sports teams.

 

What can I expect from my first session?

The first physiotherapy session will involve lots of questions, including your medical / birthing history so that Liz can build an accurate picture of your problem. Personal goals will also be discussed so you can be given an idea of how achievable these may be and give a timeline of recovery.

Next, a physical examination of your movement and any relevant special tests will allow Liz to give you an accurate diagnosis of the issue.

Any treatment or exercises will be a joint decision and guided by you. Acupuncture, massage, gentle joint mobilisation and taping may be recommended in the session.

Relevant information before booking

Please have shorts and a vest top to change into for assessment of joints. You may need to have your top off for any spinal assessments so the spine and surrounding muscles can be seen.

Liz does not do internal examinations for the pelvic floor.

Please bring any relevant medical letters / scan reports with you on the day.

Usually 4-6 sessions may be required to

  1. ease off tightness and pain (1-2 weeks) – frequent sessions
  2. build up strength (3 weeks +) – non-frequent sessions – every 2-3 weeks or so.

 

Does acupuncture hurt?

Many ask if the medical acupuncture is painful – actually many find this painless for deep soft tissue release (particularly in the calves and buttocks) and prefer this method to a deep massage.

As with anything, all decisions can be discussed together and acupuncture is not recommended for those frightened of needles as your nervous system will not be relaxing!

There is usually a way around any problems you may have so please discuss any concerns before booking or in the session. Acupuncture / massage in the first trimester is not advised however gentle movements can be demonstrated to help ease your pain.

 
 
 
How much does it cost?

Physiotherapy 60 mins = £55

Follow-up Physiotherapy 30 mins = £40

1-2-1 Pilates 1 hour = £45

Pilates class Tuesday evenings £9 = 1 hour

 

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