Women’s Health Physio
We understand that every person is different and sometimes physical health can be a highly personal and sensitive topic.
We’re proud to have a dedicated service, led by a highly experienced and specially qualified expert Physiotherapist, to support all aspects of women’s health.
After having a baby, half of all women have a subsequent weakness in either their tummy or pelvic floor area – and over a third suffer with chronic pelvic pain.
These problems create musculoskeletal instability, reduce core strength and can be debilitating. Many people suffer greatly from altered transfer load (which impairs healthy movement), back pain, pelvic pain, bladder and bowel weakness. However, professional advice is available and accessible to address each area, quickly and sensitively.
Pregnancy Back Pain
Thousands of women suffer with back pain before and after pregnancy, sometimes for many years. Upper and lower back pain, as well as Pelvic Girdle Pain, Symphysis dysfunction and hip pain can all be readily treated with expert female health Physiotherapy. Physiotherapy treatment is conservative in nature and is safe for both mother and baby, if you are pregnant at the time of treatment.
With appropriate support and intervention, most conditions can be treated effectively and quickly. Assessment and rehabilitation can often commence on the same day, ensuring steps can be taken to improve your physical health and to help alleviate pain or discomfort as soon as possible.
Pregnancy and Bladder Health
During pregnancy, a baby can easily put pressure on the bladder, sometimes leading to long-term health concerns. Many women experience urine leakage, called stress incontinence, that can be uncomfortable and very inconvenient. Often, the condition improves naturally in the weeks following birth, however, the type and nature of each delivery can greatly affect individual circumstances and prognosis.
The pelvic area and associated organs can be affected greatly by childbirth and issues such as pelvic organ prolapse are unfortunately common. Specialist care and support is required to treat and care for women who experience such sensitive issues.
Not all bladder problems are caused by childbirth, however, and often hormonal changes or unrelated gynaecological issues can trigger the incontinence. Leakage of urine, especially when exercising, coughing or sneezing, are all symptoms that can be alleviated effectively with expert Physiotherapy support.
Already a standard element of every new Mother’s postnatal rehabilitation in many other European countries, a trained specialist can assess the strength and function of the tummy and pelvic floor muscles, to help prevent long-term childbirth related complaints. For more information about our postpartum assessment service, please click here.
“I had a Women’s Health Assessment with Diana after having my first baby. Really helpful explanation and practical advice. Recommended.” – Helen Mint
Who leads our Women’s Health service?
Our specialist practitioner, Diana Goodwin, is a Chartered Physiotherapist with 17 years’ experience and specialist training in antenatal and post-natal rehabilitation and conditioning. Diana is bi-lingual and speaks fluent Spanish. She is also a proud and happy Mother.
Diana is able to assess pelvic floor muscles, postural and muscular imbalances, as well as provide appropriate professional advice and support for the most discerning of patients.
All our assessments and investigations are conducted in pristine and secluded rooms designed for clinical usage, rather than traditional Physiotherapy suites.
Private changing facilities, curtains, comfortable assessment couches and specialist equipment make the assessment and treatment experience as comfortable as is possible.
Further details about our dedicated Women’s Health services can be found on our London City Healthcare website.