Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
How Physiotherapy Can Help
Most cases of incontinence, and bladder or bowel weakness, can be improved with specialist physiotherapy. With over 20 years of experience in pelvic floor muscle physiotherapy, I offer a personalised continence programme which examines the possible causes of the problem and offers different treatment options.
Before treatment commences
Each patient is individually assessed to determine whether physiotherapy is appropriate. This includes a detailed history of medical, surgical, lifestyle and sporting activities.
The various treatment options are fully discussed at all stages and, depending on the type of incontinence, may include bladder training, pelvic floor exercises, and biofeedback and or muscle stimulation if the pelvic floor muscles are particularly weak. Often pelvic floor muscle weakness manifests itself in other pelvic muscles in the body and so a full examination of all the surrounding structures is sometimes indicated.
Progression of treatment
After the initial visit, the patient returns at regular intervals depending on the rate of progress and there is ample opportunity to discuss the treatment at every stage. In addition, keeping a symptom diary between treatment sessions is helpful to both the physiotherapist and the patient.
There are many ways to be referred for treatment; self-referral or via your GP or consultant. All insurance companies ask for a doctor’s referral prior to your first consultation and your preferred medical practitioner will be kept fully informed of your progress.