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Suffering with Pelvic Health Issues

Jun 6, 2020

“Suffering with Pelvic Health Issues?”
Difficulty getting to the toilet in time?
Or are you experiencing embarrassing leaks,
vaginal heaviness or discomfort?

Self kindness and compassion to ourselves are important, and this includes our Pelvic Health. Problems with your bladder or bowel can affect anyone but help is available from your local physiotherapist here at Ashbourne & Hilton Physiotherapy Centre.

Two of the most common symptoms of Coronavirus Infection are a persistent cough and extreme fatigue, both of which can last for some time after the initial infection. Coughing is known to put pressure on the pelvic floor muscles and increase your risk of developing stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and vaginal prolapse. A prolonged spell of extreme fatigue will also leave you feeling generally weaker in all of your muscle groups including those of the pelvic floor and may increase your risk of experiencing bladder weakness.

Here at Ashbourne Physiotherapy Centre we can offer supervised pelvic floor muscle training as recommended by NICE (1) as the first line treatment for stress incontinence …

prolapse, and here at Ashbourne & Hilton Physiotherapy Centre our specialist Physiotherapists are trained to deliver this type of Rehabilitation. Although this is not a quick fix and requires a lot of commitment from the individual, those who undergo a pelvic floor rehabilitation programme are 8 times more likely to report a cure than those who do not do the exercises.

The effects of incontinence and prolapse are distressing and with a relatively simple approach, many people can improve their quality of life.

Our Pelvic Health Physiotherapists Dr Gillian Campbell and Elizabeth Griggs are able to assess, give advice and develop individualised treatment programmes via telephone consultation which can help with symptoms of Stress Urinary Incontinence, Frequency, Urgency, Urge incontinence, Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Pelvic Pain.

Dr Gillian Campbell

Elizabeth Griggs

We will be able to help you to develop a rehab programme that is tailored to your unique situation and help you to start your journey to recovery.

Remember… Be kind & compassionate to yourself
You deserve it
Your body will thank you

The opportunity for face to face consultations at Ashbourne Physiotherapy Centre may be offered at a later stage but only if it is felt that it would be beneficial for the individual’s care and is deemed safe to do so. These consults will be arranged in agreement with each individual and will be in keeping with Ashbourne Physiotherapy’s Guidelines for Face to Face Consultations. These guidelines have been developed with the advice of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and are in keeping with Government Guidelines for emerging from the current lockdown.

1. NICE Urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse in women: management
NICE Guideline (NG123) Published Date: 02 April 2019 Last Updated 24 June 2019
2. Dumoulin C, Cacciari LP, Hay-Smith EJC. Pelvic floor muscle training versus no treatment, or inactive control treatments, for urinary incontinence in women. Cochrane Database of Systemic Reviews 2018, Issue 10. Art. No.: CD005654. DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD005654.pub4.

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