Women's Health

Women’s Health issues that can often be helped by specialist physiotherapy treatment include stress and urge incontinence and prolapses.

Stress incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine that occurs during normal everyday activities, such as laughing, coughing, sneezing, lifting and even during walking or exercise. This is the most common type of urinary incontinence in women, accounting for 60 percent of all cases. The most frequent cause of this is due to a weakened pelvic floor, and many women mistakenly accept this as a normal part of aging, or after childbirth.

Urge incontinence is a sudden, intense urge to urinate, followed by a loss of urine. You may feel like you never get to the bathroom fast enough, or you may be awakened several times a night by the strong urge to go. Urge incontinence is most commonly caused by overactive bladder muscles, not by weakness in the pelvic floor.

The word prolapse means that something is not where it should be. In women’s health this can refer to the uterus, bladder, anus or even the bowel. They are more commonly seen in post-menopausal women as the tissues, muscles and ligaments become less supportive and lose elasticity; this is more often seen in women who had had normal vaginal deliveries.

Our physiotherapists are able to offer help in the treatment and management of women’s and men’s continence , and prolapses.

Through relevant assessment they are able to provide specific treatment and appropriate symptom management strategies which may include pelvic floor exercises and postural correction.

 

Meet our Practitioners:

Sue Kortum

Gemma Pilkington