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Women's Health Clinic
Annoying and embarrassing bladder problems can have a huge impact on your life. You might find yourself avoiding enjoyable activities, arranging your daily routine around where the nearest toilets are or waking up exhausted because your bladder has interrupted your sleep.
Many women experience bladder leakage. This is not normal, however light. You don’t have to live with it or suffer in silence. In most cases, bladder problems can be cured or more successfully managed.
Women’s Health Physiotherapy
Women's Health Physiotherapy is the therapeutic treatment of disorders affecting the pelvis and pelvic floor. Many women will experience some kind of women’s health problem during their lifetime, but often don’t know that help is available. There is growing evidence that physiotherapy can alleviate, and in many cases, cure these symptoms.
Common signs that can indicate a pelvic floor problem include:
• Accidentally leaking urine when you exercise, laugh, cough or sneeze
• Needing to get to the toilet in a hurry or not making it there in time
• Constantly needing to go to the toilet
• Finding it difficult to empty your bladder or bowel
• Accidentally losing control of your bladder or bowel
• Accidentally passing wind
• A prolapse
In women, this may be felt as a bulge in the vagina or a feeling of heaviness, discomfort, pulling, dragging or dropping
In men, this may be felt as a bulge in the rectum or a feeling of needing to use their bowels but not actually needing to go
• Pain in your pelvic area, or painful sex
Pelvic floor problems can occur when the pelvic floor muscles are stretched, weakened or too tight.
Some people have weak pelvic floor muscles from an early age, whilst others notice problems after certain life stages such as pregnancy, childbirth or menopause.
Some people have pelvic floor muscles that are too tight and cannot relax. This can be made worse by doing squeezing exercises and overworking the muscles without learning how to relax.
Your ability to effectively contract your pelvic floor can be affected by many things. These include:
• Not keeping your pelvic floor muscles active or over working them
• Being overweight
• Being pregnant and having babies
• A long history of back pain
• Ongoing constipation and straining to empty the bowels
• Repeated heavy lifting (e.g. at work or the gym)
• Chronic coughing or sneezing, including those linked to Asthma, smoking or Hayfever
• Previous injury to the pelvic region (e.g. giving birth, surgery or pelvic radiotherapy)
• Growing older.
Although it is hidden from view, your pelvic floor muscles can be consciously controlled and therefore trained, much like your arm, leg or abdominal (tummy) muscles. Strengthening your pelvic floor muscles will help you to actively support your bladder and bowel. This improves bladder and bowel control and reduce the likelihood of accidentally leaking from your bladder or bowel. Like other muscles in your body, your pelvic floor muscles will become stronger with a regular exercise program. This is important for both men and women.
What to expect on your first visit
Your assessment and treatment will be tailored specifically to you and your presenting complaints. We will start with a detailed history which will be taken in privacy – we are very sensitive to the fact that these conditions may be difficult to discuss.
Your physical assessment will most likely begin with examination of your abdominal muscles, pelvis and lumbar spine – this is to establish whether one or more of these areas is contributing to your problem. If appropriate you may then be offered an internal examination. This is an important part of your assessment as it is necessary to establish how well your pelvic floor muscles are functioning. Using finger palpation the pelvic floor muscles and connective tissue will be assessed for signs of pelvic organ prolapse, muscle tone, sensation and for pain. Following which, the pelvic floor muscle will be tested for strength and endurance. It is important to determine if the pelvic floor muscles are activating and working together, and if they are not, we would establish the reasons for this.
On the basis of the examination findings and the information you have given us, you will then have prescribed a specific and individualised treatment and exercise programme that is suited to your individual needs.
Of course, all the findings and solutions will be discussed with you so you fully understand exactly what is going on and how you can be best helped.
Please be assured that every effort will be made to maintain privacy and dignity at all times.
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