Dealing with an Overactive Bladder (OAB)
When you have an overactive bladder, every part of your everyday life can be affected by it in a negative way. Want to go for a long walk? Only if there will be a handy toilet. Going out with friends? Better make sure you don't drink too much fluid, or you'll struggle to make it back home before you need to wee.
How to Do 5 Easy Pelvic Floor Exercises
Physiotherapists — and particularly those who specialise in women's health physiotherapy — think that pelvic floor exercises are a pretty big deal. If you have spent any time at all on our website or browsing social media for pelvic health topics, then you will definitely have come across discussion about how important it is to keep the muscles in this part of your anatomy supple and strong.
Answers to Your Top Menopause Questions
If you read our article on Managing Menopause a few months ago, you might know that menopause isn't actually the months and years of hot flushes, mood swings, irregular menstrual periods and all the other experiences that we correlate to symptoms of menopause.
How to Heal Scars from Episiotomy or Tearing During Childbirth
Childbirth is one of the most wonderful abilities we have been given. It's a time of joy, excitement, magic and wonder. But if you suffer a vaginal tear while giving birth, or if it becomes necessary for you to have an episiotomy, then that miracle can come at a physical cost.
Healing Using Electromagnetic Therapy Part 2: Electrical Stimulation
This is the second part of a two-part feature focusing on the use of electromagnetic stimulation for women's health physiotherapy. If you've ever heard of using electric muscle stimulation to train the pelvic floor muscles, that's what we're talking about here.
Healing Using Electromagnetic Therapy, Part I
There are several tools available for use in women's health physiotherapy using electromagnetic energy, such as sound waves, light waves or radio waves. These techniques are called therapeutic modalities, and they address a vast array of conditions and symptoms that have both external and internal effects.
The Effect of Covid-19 on Pregnancy
In a recent study in Reproductive Health, a group of researchers examined the ways that pregnant women and new mothers are affected by Covid-19. They found that both the disease and the pandemic in general has specific effects on pregnant women and new mothers.
Menopause can be a confusing time for women. The changes you're subject to at this time with your hormones can have a significant impact on a woman's body, emotions and mental health. It's no coincidence that the menopause was once known as the “change of life”.
Vulvodynia, Vaginismus and Dyspareunia
Vulvodynia, vaginismus and dyspareunia are all medical terms referring to causes of pain that a woman might experience in or around her vagina. When considering the questions, 'what is vulvodynia?', 'what is vaginismus?' and 'what is dyspareunia?', it's important to remember that these conditions are interrelated, but they're not the same.
How to Become a Women's Health Physiotherapist
In understanding how to become a women's health physiotherapist, we will look at the valuable role they have in health care, both for treating problems and maintaining good health. Physiotherapists in general are highly trained professionals who not only provide help for pain and physical problems, but they also help to prevent issues developing in the first place.
What to Expect During a Pregnancy Massage
If you're pregnant or planning a baby, then you may have a long list of DOs and DON'Ts associated with what you are doing in terms of the food you are eating, the medication or supplements you're taking, the exercise you're doing and the way you are moving, working and planning your days. It all sounds a bit overwhelming!
The 5 Most Common Pregnancy Problems & Their Solutions
Pregnancy is usually a time of excitement and joy for most expecting families. The antenatal classes can take you so far with your preparations, but the big mystery and source of joy is wondering who that person that you're growing is going to be.
Identifying and Treating Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Pelvic organ prolapse, also known as POP, is a disorder of the pelvic floor. It is created by damage or weakening of the muscles in the pelvis through trauma such as pregnancy and childbirth, lifting heavy weights, chronic constipation or even a long-term cough that causes straining.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse - What It Is and How To Avoid It
Have you ever heard of pelvic organ prolapse or POP? Maybe not! Unless you or someone you know has suffered from it or has had treatment from a women's health physiotherapist for it, you might never have heard of pelvic organ prolapse.
Diastasis Recti - What It Is and How to Treat It
Diastasis recti is a condition of the abdominal muscles that affects both men and women and even babies. The causes can vary, such as lifting heavy weights, lifting with poor technique or being overweight. We'll look at what causes diastasis recti, how to tell if you have it and what you can do to treat it, even long after you have given birth.
What Does An Antenatal Physiotherapist Do?
A women's health physiotherapist works with a broad range of women's health matters, including issues related to pregnancy. Amongst other treatments, they help women with pelvic floor physio, prolapse, incontinence, back pain, scar treatment and breastfeeding problems. Women can suffer from these challenges and more after giving birth. But...
Is It Normal To Experience Painful Intercourse After Childbirth?
Many women experience painful intercourse, or ‘dyspareunia’ at some point in their lives, and one of the most common is following childbirth but it is not normal. ‘How soon after having a baby’ is something that women’s health physiotherapists, midwives, GP's hear a lot.
Why Should I Get A Pregnancy MOT?
Pregnancy can be a stressful time. Even when everything is going perfectly well, it’s a big responsibility knowing you are carrying a growing baby and it’s easy to feel like you’re not doing things right – even when you probably are.
How To Treat Pregnancy-Related Carpal Tunnel Syndrome And Mother’s Thumb
Have you heard of the term ‘mother’s thumb?’ If you haven’t, it might be something you become more familiar with as you progress through your pregnancy.
When Can I Return To Exercise Postpartum?
After nine months carrying your new baby, it can be tempting once you give birth to rush to return to the way things were previously, before you have given yourself a chance to properly recover. Both carrying, and having a baby, are physically and mentally demanding though, and it’s important to make sure you give yourself enough time to heal properly before rushing back to certain aspects of your earlier life – most notably, exercise.
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