PREGNANCY, POST-NATAL AND WOMEN'S HEALTH PHYSIOTHERAPY

 PREGNANCY, POST-NATAL AND WOMEN'S HEALTH PHYSIOTHERAPY CARDIFF

Our Pregnancy, Post-natal & Women's Health Physiotherapy is offered at our Cardiff clinic in partnership with South Wales' leading specialist Physiotherapist Gillian McCabe

 

What is Women’s Health Physiotherapy?

Women’s Health Physiotherapy is the therapeutic treatment of all disorders affecting the pelvis and pelvic floor. From incontinence to prolapse, pelvic pain or constipation, there is growing evidence that physiotherapy can alleviate, and in many cases cure these symptoms. Most women don’t know that help is available and it can be an embarrassing topic.

Women’s health physiotherapy can improve the quality of women’s lives by empowering them to take control of their problems. In fact research-based evidence and government health guidelines recommend supervised pelvic floor muscle training as a first-line course of action to treat urinary incontinence.

Watch this information video to meet our Specialist Women's Health Physiotherapist - Gillian McCabe who works at our Cardiff clinic...

 

What do specialist women’s health physiotherapists do?


The answer is, they can do a lot!

  • They treat pelvic girdle pain ante-natally and post-natally

  • Can make a big difference post-natally to your tummy gap (rectus diastasis) 

  • Can help you return to sport and exercise post natally

  • Work with female athletes who may have a pelvic problem i.e. triathlete, CrossFit and running

  • Assess and treat urinary incontinence (urinary leak) successfully

  • Assess and treat pelvic organ prolapse

  • See patients with bowel problems maybe post surgery or post-natally 

  • See very complex patients who have been referred for pain on sexual or sexual related problems

 

Can I have treatment even though I am pregnant?

Yes!! We see a lot of women in the clinic and we get really great results with them. Treatment consists of very gentle joint techniques around your pelvis and spine, gentle soft tissue techniques to relax some of the muscles in spasm. Specialist taping to give you more confidence in moving and reduce some of the apprehension. Specialist pregnancy exercises that are safe to do.

 

What treatments should I expect?

Specialist Women's Health physiotherapy treatment options may vary from case to case but may consist of the following:

Exercises - many women only need an intensive programme of pelvic floor muscle training to see a noticeable improvement with their symptoms. Learning to contract these muscles correctly with the lower abdominal muscles is really important.

Bladder training - there are specific techniques that can be taught to train the bladder to hold more urine and therefore need emptying less often.

Biofeedback - equipment can be used to teach us how to use the pelvic floor muscle correctly and effectively. It can also be used to assess if there is any improvement in the strength and endurance of the muscle.

Muscle stimulation - in cases where the pelvic floor muscle is very weak and unable to contract independently, equipment can be used to remind the muscle how to work. The equipment stimulates the pelvic floor muscle and as the muscle remembers how to contract. Exercises can then be added into the treatment program.

Relaxation techniques - anxiety and tension can make bladder problems worse. Specific relaxation techniques can help to gain control over your bladder.


What is the Mummy MOT??

Most women after having had a baby, have a weakness in either the tummy or pelvic floor, which then creates instability and poor core strength. The result causes back pain, pelvic pain, bladder and bowel weakness. To avoid any long term childbirth related complaints come early and get your tummy gap and pelvic floor tested – then start a Core Restoration Program.

The Mummy MOT is a 6 week physio led service focusing on:

  • Tummy gap

  • Pelvic floor function

  • Pelvic and low back check

  • Posture

  • Breathing

     

    Mummy MOT Womens health physio Cardiff

     

The Mummy MOT System combines the principles of Physiotherapy assessment with the practice of functional retraining. Following preganancy postural changes and muscle imbalances can occur and persist. It is essential to correct and rebalance otherwise pain, prolapse, urinary incontinence or rectus diastasis (separation of the tummy muscles) may persist. If left returning to daily functionally activities safely can be a challenge... Mums need to bend, lift, squat and twist afterall.

The Mummy MOT identifies muscle imbalances through the initial assessment. These imbalances are then addressed with a restorative exercise program, aimed at regaining stability and allowing optimal function. The system uses Swiss balls, rollers and theraband to help activate the important stabilising muscles as past of a specilaised rehab program.

 

What we offer and price structure...

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Assessment and Treatment
    Initial Assessment (60mins) £90
    Follow-up (30mins) £50

Pregnancy Related MSK Conditions (Pregnancy Pit Stop)
    Initial Assessment (60mins) £90
    Follow up treatment (30mins) £50
    Extended Treatment option (60mins) £90

Chronic Complex Pelvic Pain Assessment and Treatment
    Initial Assessment (60mins) £90
    Follow up treatments (60mins)£90

Mummy MOT 
    Assessment (60mins) £90
    Follow up appointments (30mins) £50

Core Restoration Programs
    - Basic / Beginners (x6 sessions, weekly course, individual, 30-45mins) £350 
    - Intermediate / Advanced (x6 sessions, weekly course, individual, 30-45mins) £350
    (with these courses, the client needs to commit to the 6 weeks and should book in advance)
    - Core Restore Individual sessions (60mins) £70

 

If you have any questions or want to know more about this service, please get in touch.