Women's Health

 

What is Women’s Health Physiotherapy

A physiotherapist with a special interest in women’s health can help with issues such as bladder control problems, pelvic organ prolapse and pregnancy related pelvic pain.

Bladder Control Problems

Bladder control problems are common with many people experiencing leakage of urine in varying amounts. Urinary incontinence is more common in women, most of who don’t seek help as they believe it is a normal female problem. However research shows that 70% of women can have significant alleviation or complete symptom resolution.

The 2 most common types of incontinence are stress and urge incontinence.

Stress Incontinence: Involves the leakage of urine with exertion such as cough, sneezing, laughing, lifting or sport without the desire to go to the toilet.

Urge Incontinence: Urgency is a sudden, overwhelming urge to pass urine and if a person is unable to get to a toilet in time may experience an involuntary loss of urine.

Factors that can contribute to bladder control problems:

  • Pregnancy & childbirth
  • Constipation
  • Medication
  • Chronic cough
  • Urinary tract infection (see GP)
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Menopause
  • Overactive bladder

How physiotherapy can help:

A women's health physiotherapist can perform a thorough assessment and give individualised advice on fluids, diet and bowel management as well as guidance on pelvic floor muscle training.

 

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapsed is common. There are a few signs of pelvic organ prolapse, these include:

  • A heavy or dragging sensation in the vagina
  • A lump bulging out of the vagina
  • Sexual problems
  • Bladder not emptying or a weak stream
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections
  • Difficulty emptying the bowel

Unfortunately prolapse won’t go away so for best results it is recommended to seek help from your GP or women’s health physiotherapist.

Physiotherapy may be able to help reduce prolapse by strengthening the pelvic floor muscles or give advice on other specialist medical professionals that may be able to help.

 

Pregnancy Related Pelvic Pain

Low back and pelvic pain are the most common musculoskeletal complaints during pregnancy. Only a small number of women suffering from low back or pelvic pain during pregnancy seek medical advice despite sleep, work and daily activities being greatly affected. A women's health physiotherapist can help with pregnancy related pelvic pain through accurate assessment, diagnosis and will work with you to help manage or alleviate the pain throughout pregnancy.

 

Motus Health have a number of physiotherapists with a special interest in Women’s health physiotherapy.

Our physiotherapists who can help you with Women’s Health are:

Kelly Stembridge at Sportsmed Bealey

Jane Eaton at Motus Ashburton

Please advise the receptionist a time of booking that it is a women’s health related appointment you are booking. The initial appointment will take an hour (with the exception of pregnancy related pelvic or low back pain), to allow a thorough interview and assessment during which an internal examination may be recommended. It is our priority that your privacy is fully respected.   

 

 

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