The importance of physiotherapy in women’s health
Physical therapy for women’s health is a non-surgical treatment that improves the quality of life for women by allowing them to control their pelvic and pelvic floor disorders.
Recent research-based evidence and government health guidelines recommend treatment for pelvic floor conditions such as incontinence, constipation, prolapse, and pelvic pain.
Health has a network of physical therapists specially trained to diagnose and treat health problems for men and women. These include urinary incontinence and pelvic pain, which can affect both women and can be successfully treated with exercise therapy.
Women’s health physical therapists can help treat many conditions, such as gestational pelvic problems (pre-and postpartum), bladder or bowel incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain, and pelvic floor weakness. They will help and advise you on the best course of action for your symptoms after a comprehensive evaluation.
Conditions treated by women’s health physical therapists
Women’s Health physical therapists provide specialized treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction and maternity care. These are some of the many conditions we can treat:
- Difficulty tolerating the pelvic exam.
- Low back pain during pregnancy.
- Weak core strength or discomfort after delivery
- Discomfort during or after sexual intimacy.
- Loss of bowel/bladder control when coughing, laughing, or sneezing.
- Chronic constipation
- Frequent urination
The health conditions of the women physiotherapist treat
physiotherapist offer specific evaluation and treatment for the following conditions:
- Pelvic floor disorders
- Gynaecological problems before and after delivery
- Musculoskeletal problems during and after pregnancy.
- Gynaecological problems and/or muscle problems caused by surgery.
- Menopause (we have an acupuncture specialist dedicated to treating menopause).
- Vulvar pain
- Interstitial cystitis
- Diastasis rectus (separation of the abdominal wall after delivery).
What to expect during treatment
In the initial evaluation:
You will have a comprehensive musculoskeletal evaluation. There will be a review of your medical history, diagnosis and other concerns related to care.
The treatment frequency depends on what the physical therapist finds on your first visit and the recommendations of your doctor. If you have a pelvic floor or bowel/bladder diagnosis, internal manual therapy is an important part of your care and will be discussed, but may not be implemented on the first visit.
Women’s health is also important pre and post- gynaecological surgery care like a hysterectomy or a prolapse repair or after a c-section delivery. This will involve scar management and rehabilitation to strengthen muscles to get you back to where you need to be.
We aim to empower every woman to understand their symptoms and guide them on their road to recovery. Our consultant women’s health Physiotherapists are specialist postgraduate trained Physiotherapists in Women’s health, all of the women’s health Physiotherapists have a strong musculoskeletal background.
What is pelvic floor physiotherapy?
The pelvic floor is the muscular system that forms the supporting structure of the birth canal and the ducts for urine and faeces. A change in the muscle tone of the pelvic floor can lead to multiple problems that are not considered a normal sign of ageing. Muscles become too tight or too weak. The symptoms of both are similar, but it is important to consult a physical therapist to ensure that you are fully evaluated and correctly diagnosed, as there is a difference in treatment.
During pregnancy, your body is pushed to the limit and problems such as pelvic pain, back pain, rib and shoulder pain, wrist and toe pain are very common because your body adjusts to the new blow of the baby and changes in posture. and hormones.
Trained physiotherapists for women’s health used to keep your muscles strong during pregnancy, including your pelvic floor, so your body is ready for more changes and to meet all the challenges of the postpartum period. It is important to exercise during pregnancy and adapt your training to your new needs.
Many women have problems after childbirth with pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic and sexual pain, split abdominal muscles (diastasis recti), tears, and cesarean scars. A women’s health physical therapist can do a pelvic floor checkup to make sure you’re properly engaged, they can also use a real-time ultrasound machine to check and provide if any treatment is needed, along with pilot re-education with proper pelvic floor function and clinical rehabilitation.
An important factor for women 6 weeks after the baby is born is that women’s health physiotherapists are in close contact, allowing them to return to exercise safely. Starting to exercise too early or too sophisticated can lead to problems such as prolapse, stretching of the abdominal muscles, and other injuries. Women’s health physical therapists treat problems such as mastitis by using therapeutic ultrasound to remove pain and blockages.