Women’s Health Physiotherapy
Women’s health physiotherapy focuses on all problems relating to the pelvis, urinary and sexual dysfunction.
A women’s health physiotherapist not only treats women through pregnancy but also helps support the high-level athlete. This may include treating urinary incontinence, an overactive bladder, pelvic girdle pain, pelvic organ prolapses or sexual dysfunction.
What is classed as urinary incontinence?
There are many different types of urinary incontinence. The most common is stress urinary incontinence, which is the involuntary loss of urine on effort or physical exertion, for example, when coughing or running.
More than half of all incontinence issues happen due to some form of ‘stress’. This is the most common symptom that many women think is ‘normal’, and often causes them to push symptoms to one side.
What is classed as an overactive bladder?
Overactive bladder is the need to go to the toilet more regularly throughout the day.
This may involve having to go to the toilet to relieve these symptoms or it could also involve leakage.
By strengthening your pelvic floor and understanding the causes, women’s health physiotherapy can help overcome this problem.
How do I know if I have vaginal prolapse?
A pelvic organ prolapse is the dropping of part of the vagina or uterus. This can happen both gradually over time, post pregnancy or post surgery.
Symptoms can include the feeling of pressure, heaviness or lower back discomfort. You may also have the feeling of never fully emptying your bladder or bowel, feeling overactive with your bladder or experiencing discomfort during intercourse.
What will a women's health assessment and treatment Involve?
During your women’s health assessment we will start to build a picture of your problem and the symptoms you’re experiencing.
The session, like any other physiotherapy appointment, will involve an objective assessment. This can include an assessment of your abdomen, neurological function, vagina and potentially the lower back and hips.
We will identify the source of your pain or problem, determine a diagnosis and build your individualised treatment program.
The treatment may involve some strengthening of your pelvic floor. It may also include massage, stretching, functional movements such as squats, lunges, running drills and general abdominal strength.
Whatever your goals may be, your physiotherapist will design a treatment program to support your individual needs.
Please note: A women’s health appointment does not have to include a vaginal assessment. This is something you can choose to exclude if you do not feel comfortable with it.