Why might I need pelvic/ women's health physiotherapy?
Did you know 1 in 3 women suffer from urinary incontinence? This may be in the form of leaking when coughing, sneezing or exercising (stress incontinence), or rushing to the toilet frequently due to a sudden strong urge to urinate (urge incontinence), or a mixture of the two (mixed incontinence). All of these problems even if only happening occasionally are a sign that your body is not working as optimally as it should be. Incontinence is a symptom not a diagnosis so there may be various reasons why this is the case and it can be very useful to address these reasons.
Other pelvic health problems may include pelvic pain and over activity of the pelvic floor muscles and also pelvic organ prolapse which can lead to feelings of heaviness and discomfort.
Pelvic health issues may also be contributing to other niggling symptoms such as hip and back pain. Did you know that dysfunction of breathing and continence has a stronger association with back pain than obesity and physical activity!
Pelvic health problems are very common but they are not issues you should have to just put up with. There are lots of things that can be done to help.
Why choose to see Holly?
A very holistic approach will be taken so that importance factors that may be contributing to your problem are not missed. Holly goes beyond just traditional pelvic floor exercises/ kegels to help you address the problem as she recognise the pelvic floor works as part of a team so should not be treated purely in isolation.
Holly prides herself on keeping up-to-date with the latest research and developments in the area of pelvic health. Holly is a specialist pelvic health physio and has completed training courses delivered by some of America and Australia’s leading pelvic health physio’s.
Holly recognises the solution is not for you to be told to permanently change or reduce the exercise or activities you love doing but to help guide you to perform these activities optimally and safely so that they no longer cause you problems.
What factors may be contributing to pelvic health issues?
(Here are just a few examples out of many possible contributing factors)
How you breathe – how well you use your diaphragm (breathing muscle) as you breathe can play a very important part. This is because your pelvic floor and diaphragm should move and work together. As you breathe in your diaphragm contracts and lowers and your pelvic floor also should naturally lower and lengthen and as you breathe out your diaphragm relaxes and domes up and your pelvic floor naturally lifts.
Your posture or alignment – how you stand will tend to translate into how you move. We are not going for perfect posture (there is no such thing!) we are just looking to help certain muscles be in a more advantageous position to work as well as they can. This can also help make sure your muscles are working as part of a team instead of some muscles overworking whilst others take a back seat.
The coordination of your muscles – It is not always about strength (although strength is important) but more about coordination and balance and your muscles working as a team. Your pelvic floor muscles are very closely related and actually attach to some of the muscles of your hip. Therefore this is just one example of muscles that are useful to assess to make sure they are working optimally to support your pelvic floor.
What to expect from the first session?
The first session will involve having a discussion with you about what issues you are having, how these issues came about and your goals and aims from physiotherapy. The assessment will be specific for your needs but may involve looking at your alignment, how you breathe and certain movements that can give information on how your muscles are working. It can also be very useful to assess your pelvic floor muscles by an internal vaginal examination. This will be with full informed consent; everything will be fully explained to you. If you feel at all unsure or uncomfortable with this there is absolutely no pressure to have the examination on the first session or at all, there is still a lot that we can do to help.
Knowledge is power and it has been shown that women who have greater knowledge about pelvic health have less dysfunction. Therefore Holly will really work with you to help you take control and feel empowered in the management of your issue.
For more information or to book an appointment: please ring or text Holly on 07951103548 or email firstname.lastname@example.org