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How to Heal Scars from Episiotomy or Tearing During Childbirth

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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

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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

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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

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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. 

Managing Menopause

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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

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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?

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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. 

Treating Blocked Ducts And Mastitis By Therapeutic Ultrasound

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The benefits of breastfeeding your baby are well documented, and while it is always a new mother’s choice as to whether she would prefer to feed by breast or bottle, some women are left with no choice thanks to feeling ill with a fever, breast pain, redness and swelling – which are all symptoms of mastitis.

The Mummy MOT®

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Are you not feeling quite like yourself after having your baby? As a mother, it is important to remember that looking after your own health and wellbeing is just as important as looking after your baby's health.                                                                                                                     

How Women’s Health Physiotherapy Can Help With Urinary Incontinence

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Your body starts going through major changes as soon as you get pregnant and before the bump even starts showing. You may be one of the lucky ones who and experience few, or even no unpleasant symptoms, but you might find that due to the way your body moves and changes, the pressure on your pelvis leads to you experiencing urinary incontinence.