What is Women’s Health Physiotherapy?
Women’s Health Physiotherapy is a specialised field of physiotherapy focusing on pelvic floor dysfunction, pre and post-natal rehabilitation, continence issues, pelvic pain as well as pre and post-menopause.
Women’s bodies are always changing and evolving, so our physiotherapy approaches need to as well. What works for someone in their 20s may not necessarily work for them in their 50s. A good women’s health physiotherapist will be able to make recommendations based on the stage of life a woman is at as well as all of the other factors that may influence her health.
Who is Women’s Health Physiotherapy for?
Women’s Health Physiotherapy is for anyone experiencing pain, discomfort or any issue that is unique to women. These issues include;
You may have other women’s health issues that aren’t listed above, but rest assured your local physio will be able to help you.
What to expect from a Women’s Health Physiotherapist?
You will be looked after by a caring and understanding professional who will listen to all of your needs. It can be a daunting process seeing a Women’s Health physiotherapist for the first time, but we can assure you that we will make the experience as comfortable as possible.
Women’s Health Physiotherapy Assessment
An initial assessment with a women’s health physiotherapist is vital in understanding your condition and working out a course of action. Your initial assessment will start with a comprehensive history regarding your overall health.
It is important for our physiotherapists to know if there are any other factors that may be influencing your condition.
From there the focus is on your pelvic floor function, bladder and bowel habits, sexual history and any related pregnancy information. On some occasions, an internal vaginal investigation may be performed but is not always required. If you are not comfortable with this then your physiotherapist will avoid this examination.
Women’s Health Physiotherapy Treatment:
Once enough information has been gathered from the initial assessment then a treatment plan can be outlined. This may include pelvic floor strengthening exercises, a readjustment of your current bladder and bowel techniques, as well as relaxation techniques.
Equipment may be prescribed by your women’s health physiotherapist to help you in making adequate progress. Your physiotherapist may also suggest making some changes to your lifestyle including your nutrition, your sleep habits and stress management techniques. These factors along with general exercise are key factors in good health generally and may be influencing your women’s health condition.
Goals / outcomes of a Women’s Health Physiotherapist
The goal for treatment for any women’s health issue is to have you independent and carefree as soon as possible. Treatment should help enable you to have the strategies to improve your symptoms, manage your condition and regain independence over your health.
Your experience as a patient matters to us. We want you to feel empowered, listened to and understood. We are with you along your journey and would like to do whatever we can to help you.
Frequently asked questions
These are the Top 5 questions women have regarding Women’s Health Physiotherapy.
Can I have physio while pregnant?
Physiotherapy during pregnancy can be beneficial for common issues such as low back pain and pelvic pain. It is quite common to have pain whilst going through pregnancy as a lot of things are changing for a woman; there are hormonal changes as well as physical changes that can put more pressure on the back. You do not need to suffer during pregnancy, speak to your local physiotherapist about how they can help you!
How does a physio check pelvic floor?
Pelvic floor assessment can be done externally or in some cases, an internal examination may be required. Your physiotherapist will discuss this with you prior to your appointment.
What is the best exercise for pelvic floor?
Physiotherapists have a large tool kit that they can call on to help manage pelvic floor conditions. These exercises include;
Are squats good for pelvic floor?
The short answer is yes! Squats can be a great exercise to develop good strength in the glutes and hamstrings which are key muscles in supporting a strong pelvic floor. It is important to make sure that you are squatting with a good technique to make sure you get all the benefits without any risk of injury. It is wise to start body weight only, progressing to using weights only when you are comfortable to do so. It is worthwhile having a discussion with your Women’s Health physiotherapist to ensure you are squatting safely and correctly.
Does walking strengthen pelvic floor?
Walking, like squats and bridges can be very beneficial for the pelvic floor. It is important to note that walking in of itself won’t correct any pelvic floor dysfunctions but it should be a regular part of your routine regardless. Walking has many benefits that extend beyond the pelvic floor directly, like reducing stress and tension as well as benefits for heart health as well as bone density.
People also ask
How much does Women’s Health Physiotherapy cost?
Women’s health physiotherapy costs vary depending on the practitioner and their level of experience. There will be a greater fee usually for the initial assessment as this process is more extensive and will take more time. Any subsequent visit will usually incur the same fee at a slightly reduced cost. One thing to consider is the number of sessions that will be provided for your treatment. If your condition is more complex than you may require more visits with the physiotherapist.
Does health insurance cover Women’s Health Physiotherapy?
Yes, health insurance will cover women’s health physiotherapy. You will usually be able to claim on the spot at the clinic to ensure that you don’t have to pay the full fee upfront. It is best to check with your health insurance provider to get a quote for the cost of women’s health physiotherapy.