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Pelvic Health Physiotherapy East Sheen

Pelvic Health Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy for pelvic pain and bladder/bowel issues is an area of physiotherapy which combines the skills of musculoskeletal and neurology with those of gynaecology, urology and colorectal health. It requires excellent interpersonal communication and the ability to work with women on issues which are very personal, intimate and sensitive. The skills developed in this area of physiotherapy are invaluable and help therapists to develop a very enhanced therapeutic relationship with their patients/clients.

A Pelvic Health Physiotherapy East Sheen will often be asked very personal questions, in order to assess the bladder and bowel and the muscles that support these areas of the body. A thorough subjective and objective evaluation will be undertaken and specific short and long term goals will be established. This may involve pelvic floor retraining, manual therapy (including massage and manipulation), electrotherapy (including ultrasound and interferential), acupuncture, or exercise prescription including core stability and movement patterns.

If you are experiencing symptoms such as leaking urine, having to go to the toilet all the time or feeling like you need to rush when passing a stool then it is important that you make an appointment to see one of our Pelvic Health Physiotherapists at Physiotherapy East Sheen. Symptoms that are not managed can lead to more serious health problems in the future, such as bladder and/or bowel cancer.

Pelvic Health Physiotherapy East Sheen

Our Physiotherapists have extensive experience in managing pelvic pain and urinary bladder/bowel dysfunction. They are all able to undertake internal vaginal examinations and have a comprehensive understanding of the anatomy of the pelvic region, its function and how it is affected by disease and injury.

In addition, our Physiotherapists are able to consult with medical professionals such as gynaecologists, gastroenterologists and orthopedists, which can be beneficial when developing a treatment plan for each individual client. They also have strong links with local GP’s and are able to refer for investigations such as blood tests, ultrasound scans and MRI.

Most private health insurance covers Physiotherapy. Check with your insurance provider to find out more details.

Pelvic floor muscle dysfunction is a common cause of urinary bladder/bowel dysfunction, such as incontinence, pelvic pain and pelvic organ prolapse. This can occur when the muscles are too active/tight (over-active/hypertonic) or too weak/low tone (under-active/hypotonic).

A physiotherapist will do an assessment of the core and how your body moves, and then prescribe exercises to help you to regain strength in the muscles that support your bladder and bowel. These exercises are usually simple and easy to do. They might include things such as doing reverse Kegels, which are a very effective way to help to strengthen and relax the pelvic floor muscles.

Endometriosis is a complex condition that can affect the bladder, bowel and the pelvic floor muscles. Our Physiotherapists have extensive experience in treating pelvic pain and have been trained to identify and manage pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. We can also provide advice on self-management, such as avoiding excessive straining when having a bowel movement and doing gentle, progressive exercise to help the muscles relax.

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