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20th November 2012
Sharp new physio gets straight to the point!
Jayne Crook, who recently joined the team at Meadowhead Physiotherapy brings with her a wealth of experience and with her sporting background as an international fencer, a special insight into sports rehabilitation and motivating people from all backgrounds back to full fitness.
12th November 2012
Jenny joins the elite
Congratulations to Jenny on successfully qualifying as a JEMS rehabilitation practitioner and in so doing joins an elite group of expert physiotherapists who use cutting edge techniques to rehabilitate their patients. Find out what makes JEMS unique
Approximately 1 in 4 women will experience women’s health problems at some point in their lifetime, with a wide range of severity and nature, and across a broad age range. A large number of women are affected but many are too embarrassed to talk openly about their problem and so it often goes unreported. It can create enormous stress and may impact on a woman’s quality of life as well as her health and wellbeing. Yet often it just takes some specialist advice and training to resolve the problem.
What we can do to help
Women’s health physiotherapy can help women regain control of their bladder, their bowels and hopefully thereby improve the quality of their lives. In fact, NICE (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) recommends physiotherapy as the first-line course of action to treat stress or mixed urinary incontinence. It can also help improve the quality of a woman’s sex life, if that’s an issue.
By taking a detailed assessment of all factors which may exacerbate a patient’s problem, we can tailor treatment to address their individual concerns. We can offer a number of treatment options, including:
- teaching correct pelvic floor exercises as part of a programme to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles,
- bladder and bowel re-education,
- dietary and lifestyle advice, and
where appropriate, biofeedback and electrotherapy treatment.
We also treat women with pregnancy related back, pelvic or stomach pain, both antenatal and postnatal (please see our Pregnancy Related Pain page.)
If you have any of the following problems:
- frequently going to the toilet to pass urine during the day and/or at night -referred to as 'frequency',
- urgency - when you feel that you cannot hold on until you get to a toilet,
- urinary incontinence i.e. leakage caused by stress (e.g. coughing, sneezing or laughing) or urgency or both, however mild it may be,
- faecal urgency and/or incontinence,
- problems controlling wind, and/or
a prolapse, of which there are several kinds.
The following can increase the likelihood of experiencing bladder or bowel problems:
- pregnancy and childbirth,
- the menopause and ageing,
- jobs involving heavy lifting,
- certain types of surgery, and
a history of constipation and/or poor bowel habits.
These conditions may have a number of causes but are usually associated with weak pelvic floor muscles. Not only do the muscles of the pelvic floor support the pelvic organs but they also help control urinary and faecal continence. When they have become damaged or stretched they may no longer work properly and/or they may no longer be able to hold up the bladder, vagina or back passage. The pelvic floor muscles might be weak or damaged or it might be that they’re just not being used properly. Some women don’t know where their pelvic floor muscles are or have very little awareness of how to use them. Others think they are doing pelvic floor muscle exercises but are not doing them correctly or appropriately. Others might have a strong pelvic floor, but are not using it when they should.
We recognise that this is an extremely sensitive area and we maintain the highest professional standards at all times. All information received and any treatment given remains strictly confidential. Our assessment and treatment is subject to on-going consent, which patients are free to withdraw at any time.
SO, IF YOU’VE GOT ANY BLADDER OR BOWEL PROBLEMS, OR YOU’RE NOT SURE WHERE YOUR PELVIC FLOOR
IS OR HOW TO USE IT, CONTACT US IN CONFIDENCE, FOR SPECIALIST HELP.
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