Women's Health


Did you know that over 14million people in the UK suffer from a bladder problem and 6.6million have bowel problems.

That is more than asthma, diabetes and epilepsy combined. Common things like incontinence, prolapse and problems following child birth can be very effectively treated with Specialist Physiotherapy so you don’t have to suffer in silence any more and can lead a life without limitations.

We are so lucky at QuayPhysio because we have Wendy one of the few Specialists in this field. She has worked in Women’s and Men’s Health for over 14 years and previously led the Women’s Health and Continence Services in Cumbria.

Common conditions we treat include:

- Bladder urge and stress incontinence and over active bladder

- Bowel incontinence and constipation

- Prolapses

- Pelvic pain during pregnancy

- Post natal tears

Wendy’s assessment and treatment is completely tailored to each individual. At all times patients are fully involved and informed in making decisions about their treatment. Sometimes specialist equipment is needed. This may include EMG biofeedback machines and neuromuscular stimulators. Wendy uses all the latest technology and gadgets and is used to working alongside GPs and Consultants in this field. In addition she can use acupuncture, manual therapy techniques and exercise therapy to help you.

Most people will improve with exercises and advice and may only need 2-4 sessions (which are unlikely to be weekly). If you want to have a quick chat with Wendy in confidence, to see if she can help you please give us a call. Many people of any age have these problems at some point in their lives. Please call or email for an appointment and don’t suffer in silence

Useful Links

www.pelvicphysiotherapy.com

www.yourpelvicfloor.co.uk

Your Body After Baby- Post Natal Check Up by a Women's Health Physiotherapist

Why physiotherapy?

  • Check you for issues that sometimes occur due to birth such as leakage of urine or faeces
  • Check your abdomen for a gap between the abdominal muscle ( diastasis) and give you advice on how to build up the function of your abdomen (and whole body!) post birth
  • Check any scars and give appropriate advice on reducing pelvic pain
  • Restore activity by having a full assessment of your body to encourage best function

What does an assessment involve?

  • Taking a full history of your babies birth and your general health
  • Doing an examination of the way your body moves including an examination of the abdomen and pelvis
  • Carrying out an internal assessment to check the function of the pelvic floor, check for prolapse, uncomfortable scars and any areas of pain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGmtKK-PG0s

Treatment

  • If you have problems with leakage, you will be taught an pelvic exercise programme that is just right for your needs. After a certain amount of time after the birth of your baby you can also borrow a neuromuscular stimulator or EMG biofeedback machine from us if indicated (not all women need these)
  • If you have a gap between your abdominal muscles, you can be given advice and an appropriate exercise programme
  • All abdominal exercise programmes will be emailed to you. These have videos attached, so you can be sure that you are doing everything correctly. You will also be given paperwork with advice written on it
  • If you have painful scars or pain within muscles, advice and therapy can be given to reduce this

When should I make an appointment?

  • It is best to have a postnatal appointment at 6 weeks post birth, but if you are particularly concerned Wendy could see you earlier.

The Menopause

At Quayphysio we see a lot of women between the ages of 40-60 years. Of course, during that period of time either those women are in perimenopause, menopause or post menopause.

We like to be able to help you to move smoothly through this transition, to inform you and give you the best advice available.

The average age for women to reach the menopause in the UK is 51. Perimenopause is the period of time when your hormones are changing and you are truly in menopause when your periods have stopped for one year. Menopause occurs due to gradual changes within the ovaries, causing a reduction in oestrogen. The other sex hormones, progesterone and testosterone can alter in levels too.

There are three types of oestrogen with around 400 functions in the female body. It is not surprising that some women experience symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats, vaginal dryness, incontinence, mood changes and headaches.

However, many women are happy to see the end of messy monthly bleeding, mood changes and having to take contraception.

If you would like to know more about hormones, how to reduce stress levels, the best exercise to do after menopause, pelvic health and the best diet after menopause then we have the information for you!

We have developed a USB stick that is packed full of information. There are six, 20-minute lectures on hormones, what can I do to help change the way my body feels in peri-menopause and menopause, stress, pelvic health, exercise and diet. There is also a 6-week exercise programme for you to follow and recorded relaxation sessions.

This is available to buy at our reception desk at the HealthHub.

"I was finding that my cervix area was feeling very uncomfortable for about 4 or 5 months aggravated whenever I lifted and generally a dragging sensation which was not improving. I was urinating a lot in the night and went to my GP for advice. She diagnosed a prolapse. I have been coming to QuayPhysio for many years, having had fantastically successful treatment in physio and the pilates classes, which has no doubt saved my body parts from falling apart! I made an appointment with Wendy having read her information on the website and felt that I might be in good hands as it was her specialist area. Having followed all of Wendy's advise I find that I am greatly improved and that surgery in any form will be a long way off. Seeing a physio is a route that is not often promoted and can make a huge difference to well being, awareness and knowledge of how to protect the failing body parts! Especially as we get older. Thanks for saving yet another bit of me from the 'surgeon's knife'!"

Anon