Could a Women’s Health & Continence Physiotherapist help you? 

Women’s Health and Continence is a growing area of Physiotherapy, and so it should be.


 Research has shown that one in three women and one in ten men suffer with urinary incontinence, and one in two women who have had a natural birth will have a vaginal prolapse. There is now good quality evidence that only a few sessions with a specialist physiotherapist can cure many of these issues.

Women’s Health and Continence Physiotherapists treat the following conditions:


Urinary incontinence

  • Leaking urine with exertion (coughing, jumping etc)
  • Leaking urine on the way to the toilet
  • Passive urinary leakage

Overactive Bladder Syndrome

  • Urinating very frequently
  • Urgently needing to urinate
  • Getting up in the night more than once to go to the toilet

Faecal incontinence

  • Leaking from the bowel

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

  • One or more of the pelvic organs prolapsing into the vagina
  • Vaginal heaviness, a lump or bulge, a feeling of something ‘being there'

Genitopelvic Pain Disorders

  • Vaginismus, Vulvodynia, Vulvar Vestibulitis
  • Pain with sexual intercourse
  • Pain in the vagina, rectum, vulva etc
  • May be due to overactive (tight) pelvic floor muscles

Pelvic floor assessment pre or post surgery

  • Prostatectomy
  • Bladder cancer surgery
  • Hysterectomy
  • Prolapse repair
  • Incontinence surgery
  • Prevent future operations being necessary

Musculoskeletal pain in pregnancy or postnatally

  • Pelvic girdle pain (pain in the pubic bone or buttocks)
  • Coccyx pain
  • Back or neck pain
  • Rib pain
  • Wrist pain

Preparation for Labour

  • Interactive workshops
  • Hire of TENS machines for labour pain

Postnatal Assessments

  • Pelvic floor assessment
  • Rectus Abdominus Diastasis (abdominal muscle separation)
  • Advice regarding return to exercise
  • Highly recommended for every woman post birth

Breastfeeding issues

  • Mastitis
  • Blocked milk ducts
  • Nipple damage

Birth related discomfort

  • Perineal swelling after episiotomy or tears
  • Haemorrhoids

Women's Health and Continence Physiotherapists have to do extensive learning on top of their undergraduate degree - look out for a physio who has completed their Masters in this area, or at very least their Graduate Certificate.

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