Women's Health Physiotherapy

What is womens health physiotherapy?

Women’s Health Physiotherapy focuses on all issues related to Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Our specialists can help you whether you are a woman experiencing bladder, bowel or pelvic floor concerns or if you are suffering from musculoskeletal pain during your pregnancy or as a new mum.

Common undesirable problems experienced are loss of pelvic function, back pain, sacroiliac pain, symphysis pubis pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, rectus diastasis (splitting of the abdomen) and de quervains.

Some of the services our specialists offer specific to women’s health include:

  • Exercises to improve bladder, bowel and pelvic floor function
  • Abdominal muscle retraining following birth
  • Treatment to resolve any pain
  • Women’s health pilates
  • Massage

What to expect with pelvic floor physiotherapy?

Pelvic floor physiotherapy is not just making your pelvic floor muscles stronger but also your abdominal muscles, back muscles, diaphragm and hip muscles stronger.  It also will look at your dietary habits and behavioural habits and retrain the body to allow it to work to its best form.

What happens to abdominal muscles during pregnancy?

Due to relaxin the abdominal muscles stretch a huge amount in all different directions. The relaxin increases the collagen fiber water content found in connective tissue surrounding muscles therefore more stretch created. In a certain number of women approximately 30% the 2 rectus abdominis muscles at the front (6 pack!!!!) can separate known as diastasis recti. Commonly women will not be aware this has happened.

Can separated abdominal muscles be repaired?

Women’s health physiotherapists can normally help you repair your diastais recti (separated abdominal muscles) with special core strengthening exercises – whatever you do AVOID exercises like crunches and planks, as these will actually make it worse. Surgery is only required in severe separations and your physio will advise on whether you need to have a specialist medical opinion.

Looking for physiotherapy in London? Our team is composed of experienced physiotherapists who provide comprehensive assessment and treatment to patients at home or work.