According to the World Health Organisation, bladder problems affect more than 200 million people worldwide. It is estimated that 1 in 3 women in the UK will experience bladder leakage. The bladder is designed to store urine until you are ready to empty. Leakage, frequency, urgency and bladder pain are all signs from your body that your bladder is not functioning normally.
It is estimated that 1.4% of the UK population over 40 years of age suffers from bowel incontinence. Constipation affects up to 15% of the UK population. Bowel problems can have a major impact on an individual's social life and can lead to depression and isolation. Incontinence, constipation, urgency, frequency and abdominal pain are all problems that can affect the bowel.
According to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, pelvic organ prolapse is present in up to 50% of women. One in 10 women will need at least 1 surgical procedure, and the rate of re‑operation is as high as 19%. The symptoms of prolpase include heaviness in the pelvis, a dragging or bulging sensation, a visible or palpable lump at the vaginal entrance and altered bladder and bowel habits.
Many women experience symptoms of pelvic pain for more than 6 months. Some causes are diagnosed by laparascopic surgery, such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids, adhesions and others. However, the majority of women find no specific cause for their symptoms. Pelvic pain is located in the lower abdomen and pelvis. Some women also experience vaginal, rectal and bladder pain. Symptoms can sometimes feel similar to bladder infections or tension around the vaginal entrance. Prolonged sitting can also increase symptoms as the muscles and nerves become irritated.
Pregnancy is a time of great excitment for many women. However, some can be negatively affected by musculoskeletal conditions such as pelvic and back pain. According to the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, approximately 1 in 5 women will experience pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain and up to 70% of women will experience lower back pain. These are common but not normal conditions.
Childbirth can have a major impact on a woman's physical and mental wellbeing. Returning to normal activities of daily living, exercise, health and fitness are essential. Leakage, prolapse, pain, core dysfunction and deconditioning can be barriers to recovery. Thorough assessment of individual issues and the provision of a bespoke treatment plan is fundamental to a woman's return to normal.
Gillian McCabe has joined forces with award winning physiotherapist Jo Perkins of Mumma Physio to bring you a running specific clinic for new mums. Jo offers you her expertise in pilates training and the elite sport world, assessing your biomechanics and movement patterns. Gillian offers her specialist knowledge of pelvic floor rehabilitation to get you safely and confidently back to running after the birth of your baby.
Also known as cold laser, this form of photobiomodulation affects cell activity, promoting healing and recovery. Laser therapy is effective in treating inflammatory, infective and pain conditions and can be used in isolation or as an addition to physiotherapy treatments.
The MAPLe is a state of the art biofeedback and stimulation unit designed for bespoke pelvic floor diagnosis and treatment.