Physioactive have a special interest in working with and caring for women throughout their lifespan.
What is Women's Health Physiotherapy?
Women’s health physiotherapists have a special interest in working with and caring for women throughout their lifespan. Most commonly in the areas of pre and post-pregnancy and in the area of gynaecology with pelvic pain and continence concerns.
Physiotherapy can improve the quality of women’s lives by empowering them to take control of their concerns.
This includes managing problems associated with:
- postnatal recovery
- bladder and bowel concerns
- Stress incontinence
- Urgency incontinence
- pelvic organ prolapse
- persistent pelvic pain
- sexual pain
The combination of hormones and postural changes that occur throughout the pregnancy journey can have significant effects on the body.
Some of the common conditions in pregnancy that physiotherapy can assist with:
- Back, neck and rib pain
- Pelvic girdle pain
- Abdominal pain, separation or weakness
- Carpal tunnel
- Pelvic floor dysfunction
Seeing a physiotherapist during pregnancy can maintain women’s health, assist in preventing pregnancy related conditions and help prepare the body for labour, postnatal recovery and avoiding long term dysfunction.
The pregnancy journey, childbirth and the demands of early parenthood can lead to numerous aches and pains as the body recovers. It is important during this time to give the body time to heal and have the right guidance to help women reach their goals.
Some of the common conditions that arise during the postnatal period, that physiotherapy can help with:
- Back, neck, pelvic and/or coccyx pain
- Abdominal muscle separation or weakness
- Pain after a perineal tear, episiotomy, vaginal delivery
- Pain after a caesarean section
- Pelvic floor dysfunction
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy
1 in 3 women suffer with pelvic floor dysfunction at some stage in their lifetime.
Some of the common conditions physiotherapy can help with:
- Bladder issues such as incontinence, urgency and frequency
- Bowel issues such as incontinence, urgency, difficulty emptying
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Persistent pelvic pain and sexual pain
A pelvic health appointment involves discussing with a physiotherapist the concerns you may have about your pelvic health. Some of these questions can be sensitive and confronting but our physiotherapists will work with you to ensure you feel comfortable. Sometimes a bladder diary is required which the physiotherapist will provide if one has not been filled out previously. In most cases a physical assessment will be part of appointment which could involve feeling stomach muscles and/or performing an internal check of the vagina to assess the pelvic floor muscles.
Your physiotherapist will then use all of this information to help make a treatment plan with appropriate exercises to help reach your goals.