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What is a women’s health appointment?

We often get asked “what is a women’s health appointment?” It is a specific branch of Physiotherapy and Osteopathy aimed at women’s obstetrics and gynaecology problems. We do tend to see more pre and postnatal problems, however women’s health is not exclusively based around pregnancy. We can help you whether you are conceiving or pregnant, a new mum, recovering from Caesarean section or any other gynaecological surgery or experiencing any other pelvic floor problems such as urinary incontinence or prolapse.

Pre and postnatal issues

There are number of problems that can arise before your baby arrives. These are most commonly pelvic girdle pain, lower back pain, and torso and rib pain. Some manual treatment and exercises can make these problem much better until you have given birth.

Once your baby has arrived and is healthy it’s normal to also want to regain your health and your figure. Don’t’ feel guilty about this. Your body has gone through a huge and stressful change and you also need some time for your body to heal. You also need time to look after your mental health and, sometimes, come to terms with and accept that your body may have changed forever.

Some of the problems you’ll encounter include tears, a C section birth, rectus diastasis, incontinence or prolapse. You’ll have lots of questions running through your mind… Will my diastasis heal? When can I squat, do yoga or BarreCore?  Can stress incontinence be treated? When can I run again? Are pessaries useful for a prolapse?…

We’ll answer all these questions as well as check your rectus diastasis and pelvic floor function to help prevent incontinence and prolapse, we’ll advise you on how to safely manage a tear or C section and we’ll give you expert advice and guidance on your journey to get your body back in shape and lose the baby weight.

We recommend you book a Women’s Health Assessment session 6 weeks after a natural birth or 7-9 weeks after a C section.

Other women’s health issues

As previously mentioned a women’s health appointment can also help you after any gynaecological surgery, or if you are  experiencing any other pelvic floor problems such as painful sex or ongoing urinary incontinence.

The most common problem we help women with is urinary incontinence. This can be a deeply embarrassing problem and not many women talk about suffering from it. However, it is a lot more common than you think. Up to 32% of women suffer from incontinence with 45% of mothers suffering from urinary incontinence within seven years of giving birth.

It’s not just incontinence of urine that women suffer from, 1 in 5 women over 40 also suffer from faecal incontinence. So it is imperative that you seek the help of a women’s health expert to prevent these unnecessary and embarrassing problems. To book a women’s health appointment with Beatrice click here...

About Wandsworth Physiotherapy

infoAt Wandsworth Physiotherapy and Osteopathy we are focused on getting you out of pain and back to what you love doing. Whether it's playing with your kids or simply being able to sit on the train comfortably; whether it's being able to get back into the gym class or to run 5k again; whether it's to banish the Tena Lady or being able to lift your child without pain our expert physiotherapists and osteopaths are here to help.