Women’s Health Physiotherapy is an area of Physiotherapy practice that specialises in the management of pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic pain, and pregnancy and postnatal related problems. KTB have physiotherapists that have a clinical interest in this area and attend courses on the topic to ensure they are treating with the most up to date clinical techniques and giving the most relevant advice.
Bladder weakness is very common and statistics have reported that one in three suffer with incontinence at some time. It is a very private matter, and too many people suffer in silence due to embarrassment when they could receive effective advice and treatment to assist in the reduction and resolution of the problem. It is important to gain a trusting relationship with your physiotherapist with all conditions, but when we are managing such a sensitive problem, we understand that this is of an even greater value. Our physiotherapists are very approachable, non-judgmental and will always work with the strictest of confidence.
At KTB we use many treatments within women’s health physiotherapy. Pelvic floor exercises typically form a basis of the treatment alongside education on lifestyle changes such as relaxation or altering feeding and drinking habits. More specialist approaches may include vaginal muscle stimulation, vaginal weight training or Pilates exercises.
Can you answer the following questions?
– Do you ever leak when you laugh, cough, sneeze or jump?
– Do you ever wear pads to save embarrassment when you go out?
– If you go somewhere new do you have to know the location of the toilet to be prepared for when the urgent need to go comes?
If you answered yes to one or all of the above then you could book an appointment with one of our women’s health physiotherapists as soon as you wish and begin a life changing programme of physiotherapy. It is important that you realise that you do not have to accept these problems; you can change them and gain confidence again.
1 in 3 women are affected by pelvic organ prolapse (POP).
POP is the descent of one or more of the pelvic organs of the vagina. The pelvic floor muscles support the pelvic organs. You can have different types of prolapse, but the bladder (cystocele), bowel (rectocele) and the womb (uterine) are the most common.
During early-stage POP, you may not have any symptoms, but you might experience a feeling of heaviness or dragging or a lump or bulge in your vagina. Difficulty emptying your bladder or bowel, recurrent urinary tract infections, sexual pain, and lower back pain can also be symptoms of a more progressed prolapse.
A specialist women’s health physiotherapist can assess, treat and rehabilitate your prolapse.
Depending on your presentation, your womens’ health physiotherapist might:
- assess your prolapse and pelvic floor through vaginal examination
- help treat and rehabilitate your prolapse using several strategies including: educating you on how to exercise the pelvic floor muscles correctly, providing advice to help you empty your bladder and bowel more effectively, help you to have pain-free sexual intercourse, develop a personalised exercise program for you or recommend specific lifestyle changes.