Women’s Health Physiotherapy
Obstetrics (Pregnancy Care)
Pregnancy is a wonderful time in a woman’s life and your body will undergo a huge amount of change. This change can create pregnancy related aches and pains as well as issues with bladder, bowel and pelvic floor dysfunction. Emma wants to make this special time in your life as easy and pain free as possible. Emma is particularly passionate about postnatal recovery which is essential for any woman regardless of what type of delivery you have had.
Ensuring that you get your body back optimally and safely is the main aim of Emma’s new service The Mummy MOT
Conditions Emma treats:
- Low back pain
- Central back pain
- Pelvic girdle pain
- Rib pain
- Posture education to minimise pain / issues
- Caesarean scar pain
- Separation of the abdominal muscles (rectus abdominus divarication)
- Bladder and bowel incontinence
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Pain from your episiotomy or tear
- Optimising recovery following third and fourth degree tears
Research has shown that 3.5 million women in the UK suffer from pelvic floor problems in their lifetime and a study of 1,900 women by Netmums, shows that a third of these women developed urinary incontinence whilst pregnant with three quarters too embarrassed to seek help.
This embarrassment can lead to women making do, by avoiding activities such as exercise.
This does not need to be the case. Women’s health physiotherapy has been shown to be an extremely successful, clinically proven, way to treat these problems.
Conditions Emma treats:
- Stress incontinence (leaking urine when you cough, sneeze or jump)
- Urinary urge incontinence (desperate urge to suddenly pass urine and not always making it to the bathroom)
- Overactive bladder
- Pelvic organ Prolapse
- Pelvic pain
- Pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse
- Faecal Incontinence
- Rehabilitation pre/post gynaecological surgery
Possible treatment options:
Internal manual therapy techniques
Relaxation and breathing techniques
Advice on toileting and positional modifications
Rehabilitative pelvic floor exercise
Safe rehabilitation following gynaecological surgery such as hysterectomy or prolapse repair
What is The Mummy MOT?
Mommy MOT is an in-depth postnatal assessment that assesses the strength, activation and function of the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles following childbirth. Most women, after having had a baby may experience a weakness in either the tummy or pelvic floor area which creates instability and poor core strength. The result will be altered transfer load, back pain, pelvic pain, bladder and bowel weakness.
Juggling new baby and trying to get your body back is challenging and without guidance can also exacerbate these weaknesses.
Emma is a Specialist Women’s Health Physiotherapist, one of only 80 in the country who can perform the Mummy MOT.
What does it include?
- A thorough head to toe assessment of your body
- Suitable any time from 6 weeks to 6 years
- Checks pelvic floor strength and tummy gap
- Assesses any physical problems arising from pregnancy and birth
- Provides personalised advice on returning to exercise and a safe return to exercise plan
The Running MOT Clinic
Are you passionate about Running? Some of us run for the love of running and the challenges it brings, others because they are time poor and it is the most effective exercise that they can cram into their busy lives. Some run because of the amazing effect it can have on mental and physical health.
The major downside of running however is that it causes injury and that’s something that all runners, whether they be professional or complete beginners will experience. Evidence suggests that 70% of runners this year will incur an injury and we aren’t just talking your typical hip, knee, ankle injuries. For example, running causes more urinary leakage than most other sports mainly due to the high demands it places on our pelvic floors.
Physiomum’s new Running Clinic aims to help runners whether they’re beginners or more advanced to reduce injury risk and improve performance.
The basis of the programme will be a “Running MOT” which will include the following:
v The taking of a full history of your exercise and running history including any injuries you have incurred and your goals
v Video analysis of your running
v Strength & conditioning screening
v Technique adjustments
v Exercise and training plans
I would like to ensure that you run effectively, safely and strongly after having a baby or if you have suffered any pelvic floor dysfunction. Therefore before you have a “Running MOT” it is important that you have seen me first for an initial pelvic floor assessment.