Women's health physiotherapy focuses on addressing musculoskeletal, urogynecological, and pelvic health concerns that affect women at different stages of life. It involves the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of conditions such as urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain, pregnancy-related issues, and postpartum recovery.
During Pregnancy: Physiotherapy during pregnancy offers valuable support to expectant mothers. As physiotherapists, we provide exercises, advice, and hands-on techniques to alleviate pregnancy-related discomfort, manage pain, and maintain overall fitness. Additionally, we offer services such as pregnancy massage and ante-natal Pilates to complement your treatment.
Physiotherapy after childbirth assists in identifying and managing issues such as diastasis recti, perineal tears, pelvic floor weakness, and cesarean section recovery. Through targeted exercises, soft tissue manipulation, and education, we can help to enhance your postpartum healing and regain pre-pregnancy fitness levels.
Pelvic Health and Continence:
Physiotherapy plays a vital role in addressing pelvic floor dysfunction, which can affect women at any age. Pelvic floor muscles support the pelvic organs, and weakness or dysfunction can lead to issues such as urinary incontinence and prolapse. By strengthening the pelvic floor, women can regain bladder control and effectively manage pelvic floor-related issues. It's important to note that although these issues may be common post-birth or as we age, they are not normal, and physiotherapy can provide effective assistance.
Who Needs a Mummy MOT®?
The Postnatal Check You Deserve
After pregnancy, up to half of all women report weakening in both the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles, and up to a third still have a stomach gap eight weeks later. Instability or a lack of core strength can result in pelvic or back pain, as well as bladder, bowel, and sexual dysfunction in women. These conditions should not be something you should just put up with as a result of having a baby.
It is recommended that women receive an initial assessment 6-8 weeks after giving birth, however we also treat women who gave birth years ago and may still have a stomach gap or related pelvic floor concerns.
Our practitioners are fully trained in postnatal care and licensed to carry out a Mummy MOT®. Mums need to bend, squat and lift so we provide postnatal clinical care and functional exercises for female clients following birth (no matter how long ago).
Full postural screen.
Pelvic floor muscle assessment.
Abdominal muscle exam to check for any separation.
Screening for bladder, bowel or sexual dysfunction.
Education and advice on safe activities such as lifting your baby or pushing a buggy.
Bespoke rehabilitation programme with your goals and lifestyle factors in mind.
A written report of the findings of your assessment.