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Women's Health Physiotherapy Cardiff

Women's Health

Women's Health Physiotherapy Cardiff

Women's Health Physiotherapy focuses on the assessment and treatment of conditions that can affect both your pelvis and pelvic floor muscles. Some of the conditions that we see most commonly in our clinic are bladder incontinence (stress, urge or mixed), prolapse symptoms, faecal leaking, pelvic pain and pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain.

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How can we help?

Our Women's Health Physiotherapist, Millie, strongly believes that no one should have to live with bladder or bowel dysfunction, prolapse symptoms or pelvic pain. Whilst these symptoms can be extremely common, they do not need to be lived with and we are here to help you regain control of your symptoms and independence.

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A lot of our work focuses on pelvic floor muscle function, and we often work with women to either strengthen their pelvic floor muscles or to relax their pelvic floor muscles if they are working too hard day to day.

If you have recently given birth and would like a post-natal check, this is also something that we offer to build your confidence that you are doing the correct exercises and movements to help you return to your previous levels of activity. We offer our assessment from six weeks after your delivery date.

Our Women’s Health service is run from the Talybont clinic in a relaxed, welcoming environment. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

Mummy MOT

A Mummy MOT is a specialist postnatal examination for women following both vaginal and C-section deliveries. It will assess how your posture, pelvic floor muscles and stomach muscles are recovering after childbirth. Your Mummy MOT practitioner will provide you with gentle exercises and treatment to help with your recovery – and get you back on track with your fitness goals

Mummy MOT in Cardiff.

Your Mummy MOT practitioner will provide you with gentle exercises and treatment to help with your recovery – and get you back on track with your fitness goals.

It is recommended that women have an initial assessment after their 6-8 week GP check. However, we also treat women who gave birth years ago that may still have a tummy gap or related pelvic floor symptoms

1-Hour Initial Assessment

  • Screening questionnaire prior to your appointment.

  • Full postural screen.

  • Pelvic floor muscle assessment.

  • Abdominal muscle exam to check for any muscle separation

  • Screening for bladder, bowel or sexual dysfunction.

  • Follow Up

  • Education and advice on safe activities such as lifting your baby or pushing a buggy.

  • Bespoke rehabilitation programme with your goals and lifestyle factors in mind.

  • Written report on the findings of your assessment.

  • Women's Health - Initial Assessment

    Time: 60 Minutes

    Cost: £100

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    Women's Health - Follow Up 30

    Time: 30 Minutes

    Cost: £50

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    Women's Health - Follow Up 60

    Time: 60 Minutes

    Cost: £100

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    Women's Health - Mummy MOT

    Time: 60 Minutes

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    Women's Health Physiotherapist
    Physiotherapist - Woman's Health
    Millie Coleman

    Millie is a Women's Health Physiotherapist who is experienced in treating a variety of conditions including urinary incontinence, prolapse symptoms, pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain and post-natal pelvic floor rehabilitation.

    Working with women who present with a variety of Women's Health presentations is Millie's passion, helping them work towards their goals is something that she does with empathy and enthusiasm.

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    Common Presentations

    Urge Urinary Incontinence

    Urge incontinence is experienced when you can't get to the toilet in time and have some urinary leaking before you can sit onto the toilet. It can also be referred to as Overactive Bladder Syndrome. Symptoms that are also common with urge incontinence are urgency (not being able to delay going to the toilet) and increased frequency (going to the toilet more regularly than before).

    Stress Urinary Incontinence

    This is when you experience urinary leaking with any activity that puts additional pressure on to your bladder and pelvic floor. This can be experienced with coughing, sneezing and laughing but can also be experienced with jumping, running and during many other forms of exercise.

    Mixed Incontinence

    If you are experiencing both urge and stress incontinence this is commonly referred to as mixed urinary incontinence.

    Pelvic Organ Prolapse

    These symptoms occur when one or more of your pelvic organs are sitting lower in your pelvis and can give a bulging, pressure sensation at the vaginal entrance. Some ladies' report feeling a lump when they are washing or going to the toilet. Other symptoms can be feeling like you've not fully emptied your bladder or bowels after going to the toilet, a dragging or heaviness sensation in your lower abdomen and sometimes these symptoms can present with low back pain too.

    Pelvic Pain

    There are several conditions that can cause persistent pelvic pain. Some conditions that we can help manage in the clinic are Bladder Pain Syndrome, Interstitial Cystitis, Endometriosis and Vulvodynia. Often this pain can be influenced by the pelvic floor muscles working too hard day to day and we help ladies to work on relaxing their pelvic floor muscles to help manage their pain levels.

    Pregnancy Related Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP)

    PGP is known to affect 1 in 5 women during pregnancy. It can present itself as hip, buttock or lower back pain during and shortly after pregnancy. PGP often occurs due to the changes your body goes through physically and changes in your hormone levels can also influence your symptoms.

    Some symptoms ladies often describe when they have PGP are:

  • Pain when walking

  • Pain getting in/out of bed or the car

  • Pain when changing positions for example rolling over in bed

  • Pain during normal activities of daily living

  • Pain / difficulty standing on one leg for example to putting shoes on

  • Keeping active and strong during pregnancy can help to manage your symptoms. Exercise such at yoga and Pilates can be helpful during your pregnancy. PGP symptoms often settle after you have given birth, however for some ladies the pain can continue. If you are post-natal and these symptoms are not settling, a physiotherapy assessment can help you to manage your symptoms.

    If you are currently pregnant and think you have pelvic girdle pain, please reach out and we can provide you with a thorough assessment and guidance on managing your symptoms.

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