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Pelvic floor clinic in Manchester at BMI the Alexandra Hospital
Specialist physiotherapists provide advice, education and treatment techniques for a range of conditions including:
A weak pelvic floor can lead to involuntary loss of urine or incontinence. It may only happen occasionally and may only be small amounts, but it can still affect your confidence and stop you doing everyday things such as travelling or taking part in sports.
Women of all ages suffer from embarrassing urinary incontinence symptoms at some point in their lives. A number of factors can lead to weak pelvic floor muscles including childbirth, heavy lifting, persistent constipation, a chronic cough or being overweight. It can take some women up to 10 years to seek help for continence problems, either because they are too embarrassed, they don’t want to bother their GP or because they think its normal. (1) So, if you are among them, you are definitely not alone.
Many women do not realise that a weak pelvic floor may be successfully treated through physiotherapy. In fact, research shows that pelvic floor muscle exercises, electro stimulation and biofeedback improve urinary incontinence in 79% of patients to the point where they don’t need surgery. (2) Bowel research shows that pelvic floor exercises can also play an important part in the treatment of faecal incontinence. (3)
Physiotherapy intervention varies from patient to patient following gynaecological surgery and depends on the procedure that the patient has undergone.
All inpatients are taught abdominal and pelvic floor exercises. Advice is also provided regarding posture, lifting and handling, toileting and potential continence problems.
All patients are encouraged to attend physiotherapy as an outpatient, six weeks post-surgery. However, patients can contact the department at any stage to discuss exercises and or concerns.
Assessment and treatment of pelvic pain, supra pubic dysfunction and back pain, is available during pregnancy and following delivery. (4)
The Specialist team of Women’s Health Physiotherapists can be contacted on 0161 495 7034 option 2.
Please click here to do the validated ICIQ-SF questionnaire to assess continence.
1. NICE Guidelines October 2008
2. Bond E, Dorey G, Eckford S and McDonnell K (2004). The role of pelvic floor muscle exercises in reducing surgical management in women with stress incontinence: a clinical audit. Journal of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women’s Health Vol 95, pages 66-70
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