PELVIC HEALTH PHYSIOTHERAPY
What is Pelvic Health Physiotherapy?
Pelvic health physiotherapy is the therapeutic treatment of all disorders affecting the pelvis and pelvic floor. in men and women. From incontinence to prolapse, pelvic pain or constipation, there is growing evidence that physiotherapy can alleviate, and in many cases cure these symptoms.
Pelvic health issues can arise at any stage in life. I am experienced in treating women from Pre-conception, throughout their Pregnancy, Post-Natal, through menopause and beyond!
My approach is specifically patient centred, working together with my patients to optimize their outcomes by targeting treatments to achieve their goals and functional requirements. I apply my musculoskeletal and Pilates background to pelvic health issues treating both ante-natal and post-natal women for specific, pregnancy-related, musculoskeletal pain conditions.
I am passionate about treating pelvic floor dysfunctions in both males and females. I am experienced in treating pelvic floor dysfunctions through all stages of life, with a specific love for helping women return to exercise post-natally.
Qualifications & Accreditations:
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
Affiliate POGP member (Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecologcal Physiotherapy)
APPI Mat level 1 and 2 Pilates Instructor
Certified Adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA England)
PELVIC HEALTH CONDITIONS
Below are some of the conditions I see in clinic.
Do any of them resonate with you? If so, get in touch and book your appointment today!
It is thought that 1 in 3 women will suffer from bladder problems at some point in their life. Pelvic floor physiotherapy has been shown to be effective in reducing symptoms for around 80% of women
Stress Urinary Incontinence
Urge Urinary incontinence
Pain with urinating
Increased nocturia (night)
BPS (Bladder Pain Syndrome)
About 1 in 20 people experience poor bowel control. It's often not talked about, but both men and women of any age can experience altered bowel control.
Flatal incontinence (Reduced wind control)
Faecal staining on underwear
Pain with bowel movement
Abdominal pain with constipation
During pregnancy your body undergoes huge changes; physically and emotionally.
Whilst majority of the time these changes are manageable there are still symptoms which can persist where pelvic health physiotherapy can offer huge help and relief.
Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP)
Hip/ Groin pain
Sciatica- Pins and needles/ Numbness
Pelvic Floor symptoms
Prolapse/ Vaginal heaviness
We must allow time for the body to heal after giving birth.
It is expected that you will experience aches and pains initially after giving birth but if these persist or you experience any of the below please get in touch!
Abdominal Separation (RAD)
Birth Injuries/ Tears
Scar management(Episiotomy/ Perineal/ C-Section
Returning to sexual activity
Returning to exercise safely
A lot of changes occur during menopause.
Pelvic floor disorders can present in a number of ways and may include the following:
Leaking of urine with coughs, sneezes, or exercise
Leaking of urine on the way to the toilet
Nocturia (Increased frequency to urinate in the evening)
Being unable to control wind
Painful sexual intercourse
Pelvic organ prolapse is defined as the descent/lowering of the bladder, bowel or uterus into the vagina. This happens because the ligaments, fascia and muscles are not holding the organs in the correct place and they start to descent.
Enterocele (Small bowel)
Pelvic pain which has lasted for six months or more is known as chronic and affects around 1 in 6 women. It can either come or go, or may be constant, and is normally more severe than normal pain.
Vaginal pain including Vaginismus and Vulvodynia
Dyspareunia (Pain with sex)
Pudendal nerve injury
Intersistitial Cystitis/ BPS
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Scar pain (Post delivery or gynaecological surgery)
Pain post Gynaecological surgery
Lichen Sclerosis/ Planus
It is estimated 11 to 34% of older men have some form of urinary incontinence (UI). 2 to 11% of older men deal with symptoms of UI every day. Some men may experience more than one type of incontinence.
Bladder control- Leaking/ frequency/ Nocturia/ Pain
Bowel control- Leaking/ frequency/ constipation/ Pain
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)