What is Women’s Health Physiotherapy?
Women’s Health Physiotherapy is a therapeutic treatment which addresses all conditions affecting the pelvis and pelvic floor, and covers all areas of Obstetrics (pregnancy) and Gynaecology.
Women’s health physiotherapy includes the physiotherapeutic care of women before pregnancy, throughout pregnancy or after childbirth. This may include antenatal classes or more one-to-one treatment.
“One-third of women suffer from one or more pelvic floor disorders, which include symptoms such as the frequent urge to urinate, dropped pelvic organs, and incontinence.” (Kaiser Permanente, 2008).
What can Women’s Health Physiotherapy help with?
Many women do not realise what a Women’s health physiotherapist can help them with. Whether you might be suffering from obstetric or gynaecological issues including but not limited to incontinence, prolapse, constipation, pelvic pain, a specialist physiotherapist may be able to help you.
Further areas of specialities include:
The care of women undergoing gynaecological and breast surgery
Musculoskeletal conditions both during pregnancy and postnatally.
Treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction.
What to expect from your Women’s Health Physiotherapy appointment?
Our service is highly confidential and respects the sensitive nature of these problems, and our therapist’s are specifically trained to ensure their assessment and treatment is strictly professional and patient-centred.
Perfect Balance Rehabilitation Centre is a friendly, professional and confidential environment which allows patients to feel comfortable discussing sensitive and potentially embarrassing topics.
During the initial assessment your therapist will take a detailed history of the presenting condition. The therapist will ask you a series of questions so that she can understand the true nature and complexity of your condition. She will ask you about the onset and severity of symptoms and how it affects you on a day-to-day basis.
The physical assessment will begin with an assessment of your lumbar spine, pelvis and abdominal muscles. Your therapist will assess the muscle tone, maximal strength and endurance of your pelvic floor muscles. Any scarring to the pelvic floor or connective tissue, any signs of pelvic organ prolapse, any increased or decreased sensitivity or pain will also be assessed. These measures which helps the therapist devise an individualised and patient-specific rehabilitation programme.
Following the assessment, your therapist will discuss the findings with you and will explain the treatment plan to address your signs and symptoms. At all times you are welcomed to ask any questions or voice any concerns you might have.