Women’s Health Physiotherapy
What is Women’s Health Physiotherapy?
Women’s Health is an area, that historically, has been neglected as women have been embarrassed to discuss their symptoms with their doctor or believe it is a normal part of being a woman. But pain during pregnancy is not ‘to be expected’ and leaking urine when you laugh is not ‘normal’. Women’s Health Physiotherapy can help you to live a full, symptom free life.
Women’s Health Physiotherapy manages all areas of obstetrics and gynaecology throughout a woman’s life. Your body undergoes many changes over the years and it is important to address any issues that occur at the time so as to prevent problems later in life.
Women’s Health Physiotherapy
- Stress or Urge Incontinence
- Incontinence in pregnancy
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Pelvic pain
- Pelvic floor tightness
- Overactive bladder syndrome
- Pregnancy related musculoskeletal pain including pelvic girdle pain (PGP), carpal tunnel syndrome, spinal pain, headaches
- Diastasis rectus (separation of your tummy muscles)
The Woman’s Health Physiotherapist may use the following to help you:
- An individualised pelvic floor programme
- Electrical stimulation
- Bladder retraining
- Weighted vaginal cones
- Postural advice/education
- Stretches and muscle energy techniques
- Soft tissue massage/release
- Joint mobilisations
- Clinical Pilates
What is The Mummy MOT®?
A Mummy MOT® is a specialist postnatal examination for women following both vaginal and caesarean deliveries. It will assess how your posture, pelvic floor muscles and stomach muscles are recovering after birth. The Mummy MOT® practitioner will then provide you with specific exercises and treatment to help in your recovery and return to safe exercise.
Who Needs a Mummy MOT®?
Up to half of all women experience weakness in both the abdominal muscles and pelvic floor muscles after pregnancy and up to a third still have a gap in their tummy muscles at 8 weeks post birth. This can cause instability or poor core strength leading to women developing pelvic or back pain or bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction. These conditions should not be something you just ‘put up’ with as a result of having a baby.
What does the Mummy MOT® involve?
A 1-hour assessment, including a full postural screen, pelvic floor muscle assessment, abdominal muscle exam to check for any separation, screening for any bladder, bowel or sexual dysfunction.
It’s recommended that women have their Mummy MOT® after their 6-8 week GP check, but we also treat women who gave birth many years ago that may still have a tummy gap or related pelvic floor issues.
You will be given advice on safe baby-care activities such as lifting your baby or pushing a buggy, a personalized pelvic floor programme and a bespoke rehabilitation programme with your goals and lifestyle factors in mind.