Women’s Health Physiotherapy covers all areas relating to Obstetrics (pregnancy) and Gynaecology. We at Wicklow Physiotherapy Clinic recognise the sensitivity around Women’s Health related issues and the importance of providing a private, discreet and relaxed environment in which women can seek advice and treatment. Confidentiality is assured at all times.
Whether you are suffering from pregnancy-related musculoskeletal problems like back pain, pelvic pain, sciatica or carpal tunnel syndrome. Or struggling with bladder, bowel and pelvic floor dysfunction, causing incontinence, pain, pelvic organ prolapse or sexual dysfunction, we can help you! It often just takes some specialist treatment and training to cure the problem.
As many as one in three women will experience some kind of women s health problem during their lifetime, but often they are too embarrassed to seek help. If the problem has developed since childbirth, they might even think it s normal. These problems can lead to women developing their own coping strategies, such as cutting out high risk activities like exercise; going to the toilet more frequently than necessary; drinking less in the misguided belief if will stop them leaking; or relying on pads as an expensive solution to the problem. Yet sometimes all it takes is some specialist treatment and advice to get women back on track.
Women s health physiotherapy can have a number of positive outcomes – for some clients it is life-changing.
It can help women to:
- reduce pain
- restore and/or improve function
- be more active and exercise with confidence
- remain dry on coughing or sneezing
- hold on instead of having to rush to the toilet
- cut down the frequency of visits to the toilet
- manage prolapse symptoms and reduce any feelings of discomfort
- take control of bowel problems
- resolve certain kinds of sexual dysfunction
- improve the quality of their lives
It is not just about teaching pelvic floor muscle exercises, although this is obviously an important element. Treatment is tailored to help reduce any pain or embarrassment clients may be experiencing, whilst at the same time restoring and/or improving function (be it bladder, bowels or mobility). Clients are often surprised to learn that women s health physiotherapy involves a broad range of treatment and advice, for example on bladder and bowel habits, diet, fluid intake, exercise and lifestyle. I provide plenty of information and advice and also the opportunity to ask questions so that clients can decide on the best treatment options for them.