Pelvic health physiotherapy is the therapeutic treatment of all disorders affecting the pelvis and pelvic floor, in men and women. From incontinence to prolapse, pelvic pain or constipation, there is growing evidence that physiotherapy can alleviate, and in many cases cure these symptoms.
Pelvic health issues can arise at any stage in life. I am experienced in treating women from pre-conception, throughout their pregnancy, post-natal, through menopause and beyond.
My approach is specifically patient-centered, working together with my patients to optimize their outcomes by targeting treatments to achieve their goals and functional requirements. I apply my musculoskeletal and Pilates background to pelvic health issues, treating both ante-natal and post-natal women for specific, pregnancy-related, musculoskeletal pain conditions.
I am passionate about treating pelvic floor dysfunctions in both males and females. I am experienced in treating them through all stages of life, with a specific love for helping women return to exercise post-natally.
It is thought that 1 in 3 women will suffer from bladder problems at some point in their life.
Pelvic floor physiotherapy has been shown to be effective in reducing symptoms for around 80% of women
About 1 in 20 people experience poor bowel control. It's often not talked about, but both men and women of any age can experience altered bowel control.
During pregnancy, your body undergoes huge changes, physically and emotionally.
Whilst majority of the time these changes are manageable, there are still symptoms which can persist where pelvic health physiotherapy can offer huge help and relief.
We must allow time for the body to heal after giving birth.
It is expected that you will experience aches and pains initially after giving birth, but if these persist or you experience any of the below, please get in touch.
A lot of changes occur during menopause.
Pelvic floor disorders can present in a number of ways and may include the following:
Pelvic organ prolapse is defined as the descent or lowering of the bladder, bowel or uterus into the vagina.
This happens because the ligaments, fascia and muscles are not holding the organs in the correct place and they start to descent.
It is estimated 11 to 34% of older men have some form of urinary incontinence (UI). 2 to 11% of older men deal with symptoms of UI every day. Some men may experience more than one type of incontinence.
Pelvic pain which has lasted for six months or more is known as chronic and affects around 1 in 6 women. It can either come or go, or may be constant, and is normally more severe than normal pain.
Acupuncture is one of the many skills used within physiotherapy as an integrated approach to the management of pain and inflammation and as a means of stimulating the body’s own healing chemicals, in order to aid recovery and enhance rehabilitation.
I completed my training with the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP). The AACP is the largest professional body for acupuncture in the UK, a membership organization of Chartered Physiotherapists, practicing medical acupuncture.
The acupuncture learning exists of 300 hours theoretical and practical studies and assessments, predominantly in the musculoskeletal area in which I had specialized.
After successful completion of the acupuncture course, the AACP ensures that its members conduct regular CPD to keep up to speed with the latest developments.
Full (accredited) membership of AACP is granted only on evidence that a physiotherapist has completed at least 300 hours of theoretical and practical training and assessments on courses approved by the association.