What is Women’s Health Physiotherapy and how may it benefit you? I can help…

Alex Chapman, owner of Enliven Health in Milton Keynes, explains how Physiotherapy can resolve a range of pelvic health conditions.

Women’s Health Physiotherapy is a specialist type of Physiotherapy which focuses on Women’s Pelvic Health and its associated conditions.

Many women are too embarrassed to seek help for many of these problems and others are simply unaware that treatment exists for them.

However, there is plenty of growing research evidence to show that Physiotherapy can benefit, relieve and even resolve many problems and/or the symptoms which come with them.

As a Physiotherapist working in Urogynaecology, both in the NHS and in private practice, the most common pelvic health conditions I see women experience are Urinary Incontinence and Pelvic Organ Prolapse.

These conditions can affect women of all ages and all life phases – not just women who have had a baby or the elderly.

In fact, the statistics show that 1 in 3 women will experience some form of Urinary Incontinence at some point in their lives, and it can take up to 7 years before they seek treatment for it.

The muscles of the Pelvic Floor are often implicated in Women’s Pelvic Health conditions. These large muscles span the base of the pelvis and play an important role in supporting the pelvic organs, they enable normal sexual function and are vital in keeping you continent.

To work properly they must be able to fully contract and fully relax. If they lose their ability to do either, which may be due to a variety of different reasons, the following symptoms may arise;
– Pelvic Pain
– Pain during or inability to have sexual intercourse
– Urinary or faecal incontinence
– Pelvic Organ Prolapse
– Constipation
– Problems passing urine or stool
– Back, Pelvic and Lower Limb Pain
– Urinary urgency and frequency

These symptoms are commonly associated in Pelvic conditions such as
– Endometriosis
– Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome
– Post Pelvic or abdominal Surgery
– Vulvodynia
– Pudendal Nerve Neuralgia
– After Gynaecological or Pelvic Health investigations
– After childbirth

Treating the Pelvic floor with specialist Physiotherapy techniques and exercise can make a drastic improvement in these symptoms and, with the right assessment and treatment, problems caused by these conditions are often resolved.

Call Alex Chapman at Enliven Health on 0844 884 5424 or email info@enlivenhealth.co.uk

This feature was published in the October 2019 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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