Let’s talk about post birth
powerful introduction here
description of post birth here
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During my first year of training when I did finally hear about it I literally thought NO WAY especially when I learnt about the pelvic floor aspect to the job!
Fast forward 8 years of NHS working and I had the privilege of working alongside a fantastic pelvic health physiotherapy team.
This area of Physio is essential for many yet, it is unknown by the majority.
When you turn to your GP for help with incontinence concerns, painful sex, scar concerns from c-section/perineum or even just aches and pains around the pelvis or constipation issues, pelvic health physio’s can help you out immensely.
GETTING TO A WOMENS HEALTH PHYSIO is the hard part!
Some do self referral, some take GP referrals, some take consultant referrals, it’s a minefield!
It is a post code lottery too! However, there is a directory of pelvic health physiotherapists as although many are NHS employed there are a lot more private pelvic health physio’s available.
You can search for one in your area HERE
Don’t delay the search as YOU ARE IMPORTANT.
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A pelvic health physiotherapist may see a variety of ailments that mainly link to problems relating to the pelvic area.
These can be related to toileting issues, pelvic pain, pregnancy ailments, post natal tummy separation issues and such like. So let’s take a look at exactly what they commonly “see” patients for in clinic.
Musculoskeletal pain – mainly lower back and pelvic regions, but commonly wrists, hips and feet in pregnancy and post partum.
Incontinence – urinary, faecal or wind related.
Pelvic organ prolapse – heaviness, dragging or bulging feeling down below.
Diastasis recti – tummy muscle separation issues.
Scar tissue healing – post c-section, hysterectomy or perineal tears.
Altered sensation relating to bladder and bowel function.
Pain during intercourse or penetration.
Increased frequency, urgency or hesistancy when needing to empty the bladder or bowel.
Bowel health – constipation.
Vagina health – unable to insert a tampon/menstrual cup, painful periods, feeling to loose/open, inability to have a smear test.
Inability to feel, find or engage pelvic floor muscles.
Incomplete emptying of the bladder or bowel issues.
Exercise advise and guidelines for pregnancy and post partum.
Labour and childbirth optimal positioning and pelvic floor education training.
Recovery post gynaecological, bowel or abdominal surgery.
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