Women’s Health Physiotherapy
Women’s health physiotherapy is a specialist area of physiotherapy, in which practitioners have specific knowledge and training in relation to the pelvic floor and the pelvis, this includes Obstetric (pregnancy) and Gynaecological problems. Conditions include pregnancy related pain, post-natal tears, diastasis rectus, stress urinary incontinence, urge incontinence, overactive bladder, pelvic organ prolapse, vaginismus and chronic pelvic pain.
As many as 1 in 3 women will experience a women’s health problem within their lifetime. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends physiotherapy as conservative management for at least 3 months before other interventions should be considered.
Should I see a Women’s Health Physiotherapist?
If you are experiencing any of the following you may benefit from an assessment:
Do you go to the toilet more than 6-8 times a day?
When you do go, do you only pass small amounts of urine?
Do you notice your underwear is wet after coughing/sneezing/exercise?
Do you get up more than one time in the night for the toilet?
Do you feel like you have not fully emptied your bladder after going to the toilet?
Do you find going to the toilet difficult and/or painful?
Have you noticed a feeling of heavyness or dragging in your pelvis?
Have you had a baby and are unsure of when or how to return to exercise?
Did you have a difficult delivery which lead to perineal trauma?
Have you had pelvic surgery and do you need further advice?