Women’s health physiotherapy refers to the treatment and management of concerns relating to pelvic floor dysfunction, pre-natal and post-natal care, pelvic pain, bladder and bowel incontinence and pre and post menopause.
Our physiotherapists will be able to assist you with managing the many other musculo-skeletal complications that come with pregnancy including neck pain, lower back pain and pelvic pain.
There is a wide range of causes of pelvic floor dysfunction that can affect both men and women and our goal is to help you address your problems regarding your continence or pain and happily answer the questions you may have been too embarrassed to ask.
EXERCISE AND PREGNANCY
There are many benefits for exercise both during and after pregnancy for both the mother and baby. Along with the physical changes, there are also a number of considerations that need to be made regarding exercise at all phases of pregnancy and onwards.
Our physiotherapists will teach you the best and safest methods of exercise while pregnant and continue to strengthen in your recovery.
PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE
Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when there is significant weakness of the pelvic floor muscles and they are therefore unable to fully support the internal organs. This prolapse primarily occurs following a trauma including pregnancy, hormonal changes or heavy lifting. Often physiotherapy can help treat and manage these symptoms through education and exercise.
There are a number of possible causes for pelvic pain, although there is a strong ling between pelvic pain and pregnancy. Due to all of the rapid changes that the body experiences during pregnancy, certain areas of the body need to quickly adapt. Your physiotherapist will be able to address these concerns with a thorough assessment, hands on therapy, exercise and education.
Urinary incontinence occurs when the bladder is unable to contain its contents and there is an involuntary loss of urine. This may be due to physical stress on the bladder, the sudden urge to empty, the bladder having reached its maximal capacity or a combination of all types. This type of incontinence is commonly treatable with pelvic floor retraining, strengthening or relaxation.
OVERACTIVE BLADDER and NOCTURIA
Bladder over-activity or sensitivity occurs when then bladder recognises the need to empty too soon. The muscle found in the walls of the bladder can feel when there is fluid in the bladder and give you the urge to go to the toilet. Retraining this muscle can help reduce the time spent on the toilet as well as the frequency throughout the day and night.
BOWEL INCONTINENCE AND CONSTIPATION
Often concerns with the bowel are related to the pelvic floor and therefore impact the bladder. Incontinence and constipation can significantly affect peoples social participation so our physiotherapists Aim is to help you reduce discomfort and return to your usual active lifestyle!