Women’s health Physiotherapy
Empowerment and recovery
We’re committed to improving the health and wellbeing of girls and women for the whole of life’s course. Women and girls rightly so now expect a high quality of life as well as longevity and we are here to help them. Furthermore, evidence shows that healthy women are the cornerstone of healthy societies. Just part of why we’re here to provide the expert care and support that’s needed.
Part of our women health service is women’s pelvic health physiotherapy. This is a unique and specialist service, delivered by specially trained physiotherapists. Women’s health physiotherapy covers a broad range of health conditions which uniquely affect women including stress incontinence, urinary urgency, pelvic organ prolapse, persistent pelvic pain, vulvodynia, diastasis recti (abdominal muscle separation), constipation and faecal incontinence, genitourinary symptoms associated with menopause and more. Our pelvic health physiotherapy treatments are delivered by a female chartered physiotherapist who is qualified at post graduate level in women’s health physiotherapy.
At APPI, our expertise in women’s health extends beyond women’s pelvic health physiotherapy. Our broader women’s health team comprises physiotherapists who are specially trained in pregnancy related painful back and pelvic conditions, specially trained Pilates instructors offering 1 to 1 and small specialised classes for pregnancy, postnatal and menopause as well as our specially trained massage therapists. Together, we all share a passion for Women’s Health and ensuring you receive the best support available.
"Get it right for women and everyone benefits".
- Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Women's Pelvic Health Physiotherapy
Women’s pelvic health physiotherapy is a specialised area of physiotherapy that covers a broad range of health conditions which uniquely affect women.
Common conditions we treat on a regular basis include bladder and bowel issues relating to stress incontinence, urinary urgency and pelvic organ prolapse.
We provide advice and treatment for pelvic and sexual pain or dysfunction such as vulvodynia, vaginismus, interstitial cystitis, pain from endometriosis, dyspareunia, voiding pain, coccydynia, and pudendal nerve injury.
*Available at our Wimbledon clinic only
Pregnancy is an incredibly exciting time and a time of enormous change for mind and body. Experience the best support for you and baby with the help of our women’s health physiotherapy. We can help you with the following:
- Low Back Pain or Mid Thoracic Pain
- Rib pain
- Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
- Pregnancy induced bladder or bowel leakage
- Pelvic Girdle Pain also known as Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD)
- Pregnancy induced constipation
- Personalised pregnancy exercise programs
- Maternity support belt fitting
The post natal period is a time for much adjustment, healing and recovery. Our range of postnatal physiotherapy services are designed to offer vital support, education, reassurance and treatment with the sole aim of getting you back to feeling and being yourself as soon as possible. Support during this ‘fourth trimester’ is crucial and we have many options for you.
- a comprehensive post birth physical ‘MOT’
- standard postnatal assessment
- pelvic floor re-education and training
- restoring the appearance and function of the abdominal muscles
- diagnostic real time ultrasound imaging of the bladder, pelvic floor muscles and tummy muscles
- treatment for mastitis
- perineal and C-section scar massage, mobilisation and de-sensitisation
- treatment for painful sex (Dyspareunia)
- chronic pain management
- biofeedback, vaginal electrical stimulation, pelvic toner training
- referral onwards to a specialist as necessary
What to expect
In your initial appointment, your women’s health physiotherapist will ask you all about what you’re needing help with and how we can help you. They will look at your posture and movement to identify any issues with your back, pelvis or hips. They may also observe your breathing technique which may be having an effect on your pelvic floor function. There may be a more intimate assessment of your pelvic floor, including an internal vaginal or rectal examination.
At the end of your session, your women’s health physiotherapist will spend time explaining and discussing your symptoms, diagnosis and a personalised management plan to best suit your needs.
London Women’s Centre
We’re proud to be a part of a trusted network of highly specialised and expert women’s health medical and fitness partners. Our consultant partners include Mr Demetri C Panayi, Consultant Gynaecologist and Accredited Subspecialist Urogynaecologist – an expert in childbirth injury, prolapse and urinary issues.
Mr Pandelis Athanasais, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist is an expert in minimally invasive surgery, abnormal smears and early pregnancy complications.