A women’s health assessment can be carried out at any time in a woman’s life and any time in a woman’s cycle (we really don’t mind if you are on your period!).
We recommend an initial appointment of 60 mins; follow-up appointments are typically 30 minutes – but we will advise if we think you need more sessions.
If you are having any of the following symptoms we would love to help you – and physiotherapy really is very effective for them:
- Pelvic pain
- Vulval pain
- Painful sex
- Vaginal dryness or discomfort
- Leaking when you laugh, run or jump
- Faecal incontinence (including trouble controlling flatulence)
- Pelvic organ prolapse (heaviness or dragging in your vaginal area or things look different – even if you’ve had a hysterectomy)
These are things that we may be able to help you manage with a proper assessment and a course of physiotherapy.
In your first appointment we will have a chat about your symptoms, so be prepared for some intimate questions. But please don’t worry; we have heard it all before and you are safe with us.
We may perform an internal examination of your pelvic floor to assess muscle tightness, pain and strength. We will of course only do this if you are happy. Please try not to worry about this as this is just part of our normal assessment.
We also have a look at your lower back, hips and tummy too – all are affected during pregnancy and childbirth.
Treatment will then consist of:
🔵 Pelvic floor exercises
🔵 Pelvic floor relaxation
🔵 Activity modification
🔵 Bladder retraining
🔵 Healthy bowel habits
🔵 Massage of pelvic floor
🔵 Treatment for lower back, hips and tummy
To book an appointment – come in and see us in clinic, call us or email us and ask for an hour appointment with either Ali (our specialist women’s health physiotherapist).
There’s no need to discuss anything when you book.
If you have just given birth or had children many years ago then we advocate the Mummy MOT and have 2 certified practitioners trained to complete this specialist assessment.
Find out more here.