Our team of experienced physiotherapists offer individual appointments for pelvic health screening and the management of problems such as incontinence, prolapse & pelvic pain.
Enjoy learning about your core and pelvic floor in the comfort of your own home with easy-to-follow courses of pre-recorded video tutorials which you can enjoy at any time.
I'm a specialist pelvic health physiotherapist, co-owner of Gillian McCabe Physio Ltd & Station House Health & Wellbeing. I have a degree in Physiotherapy from the University of the West of England, Bristol (2004) and have also received Masters level qualifications in pelvic health physiotherapy from the University of Bradford (2015).
I am passionate about helping women achieve their pelvic health goals. I love seeing women grow in confidence and become more active and lead healthier lifestyles.
I also love working alongside other health & wellbeing professionals, which is why I created Station House Health & Wellbeing in St Nicholas in the Vale of Glamorgan (www.stationhouse.health).
Health Care Professions Council Number: PH69699
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Membership Number: 071966
We have a number of physiotherapists qualified to assess and manage a range of pelvic health problems, conditions and concerns. You can find out more about each physiotherapist by clicking the button.Meet the Team
Take a look at these inspirational pelvic health stories from some of our clients. These have been posted here with our clients' consent. The aim is that you will see something in these stories that encourages you to seek the help that you need.Louisa's Story Julia's Story Michelle's Story Would you like to share your pelvic health story? Email: [email protected]
Pelvic health is an abscence of pelvic floor and core dysfunction. Poor pelvic health can include a number of conditions such as bladder & bowel incontinence, urgency, frequency, vaginal & rectal prolapse, chronic pelvic pain, constipation, abdominal separation, lower back pain and coccyx pain.
This is not a problem for your specialist physiotherapist. The initial assessment will cover all the areas relating to pelvic health. You can discuss your specific problem(s) and then your physiotherapist will ask you further specific questions to screen the other areas that may be affected or may be causing your symptoms. If you have multiple symptoms and if multiple pelvic organs are affected, you may require longer appointments for treatment and intervention (the standard follow-up appointment duration is 30 minutes).
Pelvic health physiotherapy always begins with an initial assessment (approximately 1 hour duration) and then follows on with a series of treatments and home programmes. It is essential that you are pro-active in your rehabilitation, it's what you do day-to-day that makes the difference. Your physiotherapist is there to guide you and provide treatment and advice where necessary. As a general rule, physiotherapy intervention usually lasts between 3-6 months. The more complex the problem, the more likely it will take longer to achieve your health goals. If you are attending physiotherapy as a preventative measure, you are possibly looking at 6-12 weeks of intervention. Some women will need to attend regularly such as weekly or fortnightly. Others will only need to come in every 4-6 weeks. As you progress through the rehabilitation journey, you will need physiotherapy intervention in clinic less often, and so we can extend the time between appointments. Some ladies like to keep on top of their pelvic health with annual or bi-annual reviews with their physiotherapist.
When pelvic floor dysfunction is likely the cause of your problem, an internal pelvic exam is very useful. However, it is not essential in the first appointment. If you feel nervous and would like time to think about this option, you can take all the time you need. A pelvic exam tells your physiotherapist a lot about how you are squeezing your pelvic floor muscles, your technique, whether you can release or if you are holding tension, and also what bespoke training programme you will be able to manage at home. You are the leader in your pelvic exam and remain in control the whole way through. Our physiotherapists will listen to you and if at any time you need to pause or stop, for whatever reason, you can just say so. We are here to help you and we want to do the best for you.
The presence of pelvic health problems is not essential for you to book an appointment. As the saying goes, "prevention is better than a cure". Being pro-active in your health and well-being is fundamental to preventing problems in the future. We offer a Women's Wellbeing Screening appointment which covers all the necessary pelvic health areas. We screen for problems you may not have been aware of and provide a tailor-made home treatment plan to help you maintain and even improve your pelvic health, plus avoid problems in the future. Remember that we often accept poor pelvic health without realising that what we are experiencing is actually abnormal. For example, if you are visiting the toilet every hour to pass urine, you have bladder frequency. If you leak a little bit with a big sneeze when your bladder is full, you have stress incontinence, even if you've had a number of children - this is a symptom of poor pelvic health and never normal.
We no longer provide health insurance invoices for companies that require direct invoicing from practitioners. The only option we provide is that you pay-up-front for your appointment and then we send you a full receipt which you can send to your insurance provider in order to receive a refund (part or whole, depending on your policy). Companies like BUPA, AVIVA and AXXAPPP do not usually accept this option. However, Benenden, Simply Health, Cash4Health and others do accept this 'cash back' option. If your company has given you an authorisation code, it's likely that you will need to use physiotherapy services at Spire, Nuffield, Sancta Maria or St Joseph's Hospital.
RE-CORE-NECT Pelvic Floor is a 6-week online course that you can complete in the comfort of your own home. This plan, created by Gillian McCabe provides a complete training plan with weekly programmes that guide you to progress from the basics until you feel confident in how and when to work your pelvic floor.Start your online pelvic floor training programme today
Have you seen our health & wellbeing facilities in the Vale of Glamorgan? We have 5 rooms to hire including 2 therapy rooms, gym, consultation room and a training studio. Why not head over to the Station House website to find out more?