Women's Health Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy is 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. Women’s health physiotherapy is the specific assessment and treatment of the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles which often require rehabilitation after birth or surgery.
Physiotherapy with a pelvic health specialist means it can also treat the many side-effects of menopause, such as physical aches and pains, pelvic floor rehabilitation and self-care strategies to improve mood, sleep and wellbeing.
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 addressing these years after the birth of their children.
Why pelvic floor retraining?
One-third of women in the UK between 35-55 years old suffer leakage’ and few seek help. It is something that is so common and ‘Always’ and ‘Tena lady’ are making money from it. These issues are just not spoken about but can be easily solved with gentle, regular exercises.
Physiotherapy and Pilates can both be used to strengthen your pelvic floor helping to alleviate this condition.
What can I expect from my first session?
The first session will involve lots of questions, including your medical / birthing history so that your physiotherapist 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 the physiotherapist 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.
What should I wear / bring with me?
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. But there will not be an internal examination 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
- ease off tightness and pain (1-2 weeks) – frequent sessions
- build up strength (3 weeks +) – non-frequent sessions – every 2-3 weeks or so.
Can I also come for issues unrelated to Women's Health?
You can also have treatment for sporting and post-surgical non-pelvic conditions.
How much does it cost?
Physiotherapy 60 mins = £55
Follow-up Physiotherapy 30 mins = £40