05 Apr What is Women’s health Physiotherapy?
This is a question I actually get a lot, or patients tell me that they had no idea that physiotherapists even work ‘in that area’.
‘That area’ generally tends to refer to their pelvic floor. Which is a group of muscles, and physiotherapists work with muscles. So personally, I don’t find it that surprising, it’s just that these particular muscles are internal.
Granted, lots of physiotherapists don’t work that much with the pelvic floor muscles, and just tend to advise people to do their pelvic floor exercises. I am therefore very much a fan of being careful who you book in with. At the very least they should have completed a level one pelvic floor course, following their physiotherapy degree.
Let’s cover the main categories of what a women’s health physiotherapist does to try to make it a little bit clearer.
We treat pregnancy related conditions, from back and pelvic pain to carpal tunnel syndrome to pelvic floor concerns.
- Post Natal
This is a really specialized patient group. Your body goes through so much during childbirth, seeing an experienced physiotherapist who has completed advanced training in women’s health physiotherapy is a must. We believe it should be part of your post-natal routine care. We can help with rectus diastasis (abdominal muscle separation), pelvic floor check ups, incontinence, vaginal wall laxity, prolapse, pelvic floor strengthening programs, and returning to exercise guidance.
- Pelvic floor Physiotherapy
Pelvic floor physiotherapy is the core focus of our practice. Pelvic floor dysfunction is a huge problem in the female population, and in our opinion is poorly talked about, and many women are suffering in silence. Our mission is to educate and empower women to take back control of their life. Whether it’s incontinence, prolapse, vaginal wall laxity, bowel concerns or pain experienced with intercourse, periods, endometriosis, or bladder pain. We work with you to regain control.
- Following gynaecological surgery or surgery for treatment of cancer that includes the removal of lymph nodes.
As well as treating the pelvic floor, we are also specially trained in the management of lymphoedema. This is a condition that can often present following the removal of lymph nodes as part of treatment for cancer. It presents as swelling in one or more the limbs. We can provide monitoring, advice on avoiding lymphedema, recommendations of compression garments, and treatment of lymphoedema.
Women’s Health physiotherapy requires a high level of extra training. It can therefore be difficult to find someone who works in this area. If you are reading this blog, well done on getting this far, for many it has taken an extremely long time to find the help they need. Please contact us if you have any questions.