What is a Women’s Health Physiotherapist?

What is a Women's Health Physiotherapist

Women’s Health Physiotherapy in Galway

Women’s Health is a specific area of physiotherapy focusing on the treatment and management of women’s health issues.  A Chartered Physiotherapist specialising in Women’s Health will have undergone further specialist training in this area.

 The main life stages a Women’s Health Physiotherapist treats are:

  • The Child Bearing Years
  • Peri and Post-menopausal
  • The older woman

 The following are examples of common problems or conditions than are treated by a specialist Women’s Health physiotherapist.

 Pregnancy Related Issues

  • Abdominal muscle weakness
  • Pelvic girdle injury / pain
  • Back ache / stiffness
  • Bladder / Bowel dysfunction
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome
  • Coccydynia
  • Constipation
  • Decreased fitness levels / inactivity
  • Pelvic floor muscle damage
  • Postural changes
  • DRAM – Diastasis of Rectus Abdominus Muscle

 The following are examples of treatments and interventions used by a Women’s Health Physiotherapist to treat pregnancy related issues:

  • Abdominal muscle exercises
  • Manual Therapy
  • Breathing Exercises
  • Core Stability Training
  • Guidance on safe exercise in pregnancy
  • Health Promotion
  • Pelvic Floor Muscle Re-Education
  • Ante and Post Natal Pilates Classes
  • Postural Correction
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Strengthening / Stabilising Exercises

Sexual Dysfunction and Pelvic Pain

  • Perineal Pain
  • Pelvic / Abdominal / Low back pain
  • Discomfort with sexual intercourse / use of tampon

 Examples of Women’s Health Physiotherapy Interventions:

  • Trigger Point Release
  • Massage therapy
  • Relaxation
  • Chronic pain management
  • An individualised exercise program

 Peri and Post-Menopausal Problems / Conditions

  • Bowel Dysfunction / Constipation
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Pelvic Floor Weakness
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Urinary Stress Incontinence
  • Urinary Urge Incontinence
  • Weight Gain

 Examples of Women’s Health Physiotherapy Interventions:

  • Bladder Training
  • Core Stability Exercises
  • Defaecation Dynamics
  • Dietary Changes
  • Health Promotion
  • Pelvic Floor Muscle Re-education
  • Specific / General Exercises

 The Older Woman

  • Decreased general Mobility / Activity
  • Lifestyle Changes
  • Osteoporosis

Examples of Women’s Health Physiotherapy Interventions:

  • Manual Therapy
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Falls Prevention
  • Health Promotion
  • Recreational Exercise / Activity

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or conditions, call today on 091 727777 to book an appointment with Catherine Browne – Chartered Physiotherapist in Women’s and Men’s Health. Alternatively you can get in touch using the contact page.

Please note: we are a therapeutic service and therefore do not provide medico-legal reports.