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.
Approximately 1.4% of the UK population over the age of 40 suffers from bowel incontinence. Constipation affects up to 15% in the UK. Bowel problems can have a major impact on an individual's social life and can lead to depression and isolation. Bowel incontinence, constipation, urgency, frequency, incomplete emptying and abdominal pain are all problems that may 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 prolapse include heaviness, a dragging or bulging sensation, a lump within the vagina and altered bladder and bowel habits. Physiotherapy should be tried first.
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 usually located in the lower abdomen and pelvis. Some women also experience vaginal, rectal and bladder pain. Symptoms can sometimes feel similar to bladder or vaginal 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 excitement for many women. However, some women experience 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. Physio can help you enjoy your pregnancy and feel confident about the birth.
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 de-conditioning 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 her normal, whatever the mode of delivery. We are here to assess, manage and guide you through your post natal recovery.
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 other physiotherapy treatments.
With MAPLe® and guidance from your physiotherapist, you will understand your pelvic floor dysfunction more clearly and will be able to work with your physiotherapist proactively towards your goals. MAPLe offers electromyographic biofeedback training and electrical neuromuscular stimulation in the treatment of muscle wastage, weakness, lack of connection & also overactivity and pain.