How do I know if I need pelvic health physiotherapy?

pelvic health physiotherapy

Pelvic health physiotherapy (Php) is an area of physiotherapy dedicated to the assessment and treatment of external and internal conditions affecting pelvic floor muscles, the bladder and the bowel. It’s a really specialist field with lots of very robust research to back it up, and it’s widely recommended by many medical professionals as the first line of treatment for pelvic problems. Symptoms such as incontinence, constipation, chronic back pain, low sexual function, poor sexual satisfaction and more.

PelvisCare is an established and respected women’s healthcare clinic, specialising in all aspects of female and pelvic pain, vulva dysfunction and reproductive disorders including pregnancy, birthing, postnatal care, menstrual pain, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, fibroids and other related gynaecological conditions. We have a team of highly skilled and experienced physiotherapists who are passionate about women’s health and delivering quality healthcare to our patients.

Women’s Physiotherapy For many women, the thought of seeing a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist is daunting and they will try to cope with their symptoms for as long as possible. This is not ideal. Pelvic Health Physiotherapy East Sheen is not only effective in improving the severity of these symptoms, but can also resolve them completely. I’m on a mission to spread the word that there is hope and successful treatment out there for pelvic issues which can severely impact your life.

How do I know if I need pelvic health physiotherapy?

Urinary incontinence – leaking urine or having to rush to the toilet for a wee. Many women think this is a normal part of aging, but it’s actually a common symptom of pelvic floor dysfunction. It’s usually quite easily treated with pelvic floor physiotherapy.

A physical exam – this will include an external and the, often dreaded internal pelvic exam. Depending on the patient this can be a digital vaginal examination and/or a rectal examination of the perineum. Your therapist will always discuss the options with you and ensure your comfort and consent is fully respected.

This will involve looking at your posture, how you move and how your pelvic muscles, fascia and joints feel. They may ask you to perform a kegel and cough, search for tight areas with a gloved hand and, if you agree, they will internally assess your pelvic muscles using biofeedback or a technique called internal manual therapy which involves passing a finger through the vagina or rectum.

The physiotherapist will then create a personalized treatment plan to address your specific needs. This might include exercises, stretches, biofeedback, manual therapy of your pelvic muscles, electrical stimulation or more.

Generally, the number of sessions will vary from person to person and depend on your condition and how severe it is. Your physiotherapist will be able to give you an idea of how many sessions are required at your initial consultation. Typically, you’ll need around six sessions to see an improvement in your symptoms.

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