Physio for Women at All Stages of Life

April 25, 2023

Women’s health physiotherapy encompasses a range of pelvic health issues and abdominal issues – including:

  • pelvic pain
  • issues with pelvic floor muscles
  • continence problems
  • pelvic organ prolapses
  • abdominal muscle weakness
  • tummy gapping

These issues, and more, can arise during, and post pregnancy and/or, during perimenopause or menopause. And, here at W5Physio, Vicky Carey is our specialist Women’s Health Physio and certified Mummy MOT practitioner.

So, how can she help?

During pregnancy, our bodies are incredibly adaptive but postural and hormonal adaptations that affect ligaments, muscles, and joints, can cause pelvic and lower back issues. Women’s health physiotherapy can help ease the symptoms and provide vital exercises to help facilitate a pain free pregnancy, as well as helping with delivery. 

Postnatally, it may be that aches and pains persist,  or occur for the first time in your pelvis or in your back, or you may notice an increased need to go to the loo, perhaps with a slight loss of full control. You may be aware that your abdominal muscles are a bit wobbly or gapping in the centre. These issues and more, can be fully assessed and treated with a Mummy MOT. You can book in for your Mummy MOT assessment whether you have just had your baby (once you have had your 6-week GP check). And you can still have an MOT even if it’s been months or even years since you gave birth. It’s never too late to address these issues. Maybe, you don’t have any particular concerns but would just like a MOT check to confirm all is okay? We can offer that too!

Whether you’re a new mum, or mum of older children, whether you are concerned about a particular issue, or simply would like a postnatal check, a Mummy MOT assessment could be the answer you’ve been looking for.  

In the stages of perimenopause and menopause, declining oestrogen levels also reduce collagen and elastin levels, which are crucial for the health of ligaments, tendons, and bones. This can lead to increased aches and pains, conditioning or postural challenges, or a heightened susceptibility to injuries. Specifically, weakness in the pelvic floor muscles, continence problems, and symptoms of prolapse can intensify or even first appear during menopause. Women’s health physiotherapy can help manage these symptoms with techniques like pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation, soft tissue and visceral release, exercise guidance, and postural correction.

Women’s health physiotherapy, including pelvic floor muscle rehab, soft tissue and visceral release techniques, exercise advice and postural correction can all help to alleviate your symptoms.

If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to schedule a Women’s Health Physio session. We’re here to support your health and wellness at every stage of life.

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