What is Women’s Health Physiotherapy?
Women’s health physiotherapy refers to the management of any health concerns related to pregnancy (pre and post-natal), pelvic floor dysfunction, continence, pelvic pain and menopause. Our Physiotherapist, Preet has a special interest in the management of these conditions unique to women and luckily there are many options available, which can improve and often cure these conditions.
What women’s health problems can we help with?
- Pelvic girdle pain
- Pelvic floor dysfunction
- Wrist and thumb pain
- Neck, rib and back pain
- Coccyx pain
- Abdominal muscle recovery- DRAM
- Tears and episiotomy care
- Exercise prescription (pre or post natal)
- Lymphatic massage
- Bowel incontinence and constipation
- Urinary incontinence
- Breastfeeding issues including mastitis
- Post natal check-up (link)
Do I need a referral to see a women health physiotherapist?
No you do not need a referral to see our women’s health physiotherapist. You may email or call the clinic directly to see one of our physiotherapists.
However, if you have been recommended to see one of the team and have been provided with a referral please do bring it along, along with any relevant scans.
What should I expect from my first women’s health physiotherapy session?
In order to get an in depth understanding of your concern some personal questions may be asked about your pregnancy, bowel and bladder function and sexual activity. After spending time understanding your symptoms and medical history, in consultation with you an internal vaginal examination may be indicated to assess your pelvic floor integrity.
Following the initial assessment and in consultation with you the physiotherapist will then come up with the best management plan for you. This may involve:
- Breathing and relaxation techniques
- Lifestyle modification advice
- A pelvic floor strengthening program
- Retraining of your bladder and bowel habits
- Possible lifestyle changes
- Use of support devices such as taping, belts and pillows
- And in some cases, the use of specific pelvic floor equipment may be indicated (e.g. electrical stimulation unit or weighted pelvic floor training tools).
We will also determine if any further input from other health professionals or onward referral is needed.
What to do next?