Physiotherapists who have trained in Women’s Health often have often undertaken post-graduate training. This is something I have undertaken to ensure I have the knowledge and skills to assess and manage the below conditions:
Mummy MOT – post-natal care
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
At your first Women’s Health Physiotherapy appointment a detailed assessment will take place which will look at the problems you are presenting with.
As part of your assessment you may be asked to fill in a bladder diary which will analyse what you are drinking, how much you are drinking, how often you go the toilet and how much urine you pass. This is usually measured over a three-day period. This can be used to help understand your symptoms.
During a Women’s Health Physiotherapy appointment you may asked if you are happy to undergo a vaginal examination. The pelvic floor muscles can be assessed to look at their strength, coordination and function. It will be discuss why this is necessary and what is involved. Following the discussion it will only ever be performed with your consent. You may prefer not to have an examination there and then, but to have time to think before you give your decision and that is absolutely fine. You may prefer not to have an examination at all, and you have the right to decline and does not mean you will not be offered treatment if it will help you.
I have trained in the use of ultrasound guided pelvic imaging. This may be available in clinic.
I have training in the use of EMG biofeedback and NMES (Neuro Muscular Electrical Stimulation) for pelvic floor management.
Information on the Pelvic Floor