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Women’s Health Physiotherapy: Why We’re Launching Our New Service

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The team at The Surrey Park Clinic are really excited to announce that we will be launching a brand new service from March 31st 2022. Following a host of feedback from patients, we are going to be offering Women’s Health Physiotherapy

To celebrate, we are also offering a FREE 15-minute drop-in session for you to experience our treatments and discuss your own concerns. These drop-ins will take place exclusively on March 31st, so book now to avoid disappointment! You can book a session via our website and we look forward to seeing you!

Why Might You Need A Physiotherapist?

Historically, women’s health physiotherapy focused primarily on obstetrics. This meant treating women for back pain and pelvic pain during pregnancy. However, it has continued to develop and grow as a speciality, now encompassing a range of conditions relating to the pelvic floor that affect the bladder, vagina and bowel. 

Women’s Health Physiotherapy

While pregnancy and postnatal issues are still a focus, our clinicians have been able to branch out into other areas of pain management. You may find you need treatment for: 

  • Pre and postnatal
  • Back, pelvic or coccyx pain
  • Bladder or bowel issues 
  • Pelvic floor rehabilitation
  • Prolapse treatment 
  • Incontinence
  • Constipation
  • Hip, groin or lower back pain

Did you know that in women who have not had children, around 60% will experience some significant bladder, bowel or pain symptoms? As well as this, it is thought that 20% of 18-50 year old women will complain of chronic pelvic pain.

These statistics and the fact that all women will go through menopause at some point in later life displays the real need for the recent development of the women’s health physiotherapy sector. 

Our experienced physiotherapist Annabel Cussen specialises in helping women overcome a variety of pain and symptoms. You can come and see us about any concerns you may have and our team will be happy to devise a personalised plan that is tailored to your needs. 

Book your free taster session today to begin the journey. 

What Can I Expect From Women’s Health Physiotherapy?

Our personable clinical professionals are highly regarded experts in their fields. We are proud to be able to offer an efficient and extensive service with appointments available 6 days a week. 

We completely understand that you may be nervous about attending the clinic or worried about examinations that may be required. However, our consultant-led care ensures you will always see the same person at each appointment. We hope that this will help you to feel more comfortable and build a rapport with your consultant. 

Furthermore, our team all agree that consciously taking the time to fully understand your needs is one of the most important factors when attending any health clinic. That’s why we offer a range of appointments and times to suit busy lives and other commitments. 

We will listen to your concerns and try to get to the bottom of your worries. Our specialists will ask tailored questions to formulate a bespoke plan that provides you with the best care possible. 

After this, we will inform you of any further tests, examinations or treatments we think may benefit you. We will always keep you in the loop and any steps we take will be entirely in your hands. If you have any concerns or questions, we can address them in each appointment. Or, you can contact us and ring our reception who may be able to help you outside of your appointment times. 

Top Tips For Attending A Women’s Health Physiotherapy Appointment 

Our priority is making you as comfortable as possible and targeting your needs at every consultation. While our team has always been commended for their customer service, there are a few things you can do to relieve the worries and make yourself as comfortable as possible. 

Wear Loose Fitting Clothes

During a women’s health physiotherapy appointment, it is best to wear comfy, loose clothing that allows you to move freely and not become restricted during the appointment. Not only will this help you to feel more comfortable in yourself and during the appointment – but it will also help our physiotherapists to examine you properly and carry out any movement exercises that may need to be performed.

Talk To Someone

If you are particularly nervous about your appointment, it can be beneficial to speak to a friend or family member who may have gone through the process before. Alternatively, one of our team will always be happy to answer any questions you may have and we can walk you through each and every step before it happens. 

Talking through it can help put your mind at ease and eliminate any surprises along the way. We are always completely transparent with our methods and information, so there is no need to worry about attending or booking an appointment at The Surrey Park Clinic. 

As well as this, it is so important to talk about the symptoms that are troubling you too. We can often push them to the back of our mind in favour of other people or things we deem ‘more important’. Speaking out about your concerns could address something that needs to be treated or open an avenue that can benefit your body in the long run. 

Bring A Chaperone

Some people may feel more comfortable with someone they know in the room during an appointment. If you would like a friend or family member to be present during the physiotherapy session, our team will be happy to arrange something to suit you. 

This can help calm your nerves and also provide a second pair of ears for any information you may receive on the day. People are often worried about remembering everything – so having someone else there to pick up on bits you may miss can help provide some clarity within your treatment. 

Allow Enough Time Before & After The Appointment

Many say that the beauty of attending The Surrey Park Clinic for any of our services is the flexibility. Our consultant-led team has plenty of availability from morning to evening, 6 days a week. 

Take advantage of this and try to book a slot that gives you plenty of time to prepare beforehand and relax afterwards. If you have to rush around to be on time or are worried about returning to work after the appointment, you may not make the most of the treatment. 

Leaving plenty of time will ensure you are calm and relaxed on entry and can fully engage with our specialists as they help you to address concerns and work towards the outcome you’ve discussed.

The Surrey Park Clinic 

We are really proud to be able to offer this new service and hope that our specialist can assist many more women in their health journeys. 

Whether you’re looking for pelvic floor rehabilitation, support with incontinence or postnatal treatment – the team at The Surrey Park Clinic can work to provide you with a personalised plan. 

Simply get in touch today to find out more or book your free 15-minute drop-in consultation today!

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Every woman ‘needs fertility MoT at 25 to boost chances of getting pregnant and avoiding miscarriages’

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Millions of women with a painful womb condition should be monitored much more closely in pregnancy because they are at a higher risk of losing their babies, doctors said last night.

They spoke out after a major study showed that endometriosis, which affects around one in ten women, raises the odds of a host of complications in pregnancy. These range from miscarriages and premature birth to potentially deadly haemorrhages. But watching these women more closely could reduce the danger – and save their life and that of their baby.

Endometriosis occurs when cells normally found in the womb lining attach themselves to other parts of the pelvic area, causing scarring, inflammation and pain. It was known to cause fertility problems, but it had been thought that once a woman did conceive, the condition was unlikely to put her pregnancy at risk. However, the issue had not been thoroughly researched. Now, Aberdeen University researchers have trawled through 30 years of medical records in Scotland, allowing them to compare pregnancies of women who have endometriosis with those of women without the condition.

CERVICAL CANCER ALERT FOR OVER-50S

Women over 50 are putting their lives at risk by failing to go for smear tests, researchers warn. Many wrongly believe they are immune to cervical cancer as they think it is only caused by casual sex. But experts say the virus that causes the illness can lie dormant for 20 years and it can then be another ten to 15 years before tumours appear.

There are 3,100 new cases of cervical cancer in the UK a year, of which a third are in women over 50. Older women are much more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage tumours, which are inoperable, and death rates are twice as high. Scientists say this is because they fail to attend smear tests, which pick up the first signs of the cancer.

A report by the charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust shows that 81.6 per cent of 50 to 54-year-olds attended a test, dropping to 74.8 per cent of 55 to 59-year-olds and just 73.2 per cent of 60 to 64-year-olds. Women over 55 put off appointments by an average of four years.

The analysis of more than 15,000 pregnant women showed that those with endometriosis were 76 per cent more likely to miscarry. They also had almost triple the chance of suffering an ectopic pregnancy – when the embryo implants outside the womb and the baby is lost.

Women with endometriosis also have a higher risk of complications later in pregnancy such as giving birth prematurely and haemorrhaging, which can be fatal, the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology’s annual conference in Lisbon heard.

It is thought that the complications happen because endometriosis damages the development of the placenta – the lifeline between mother and unborn child. Doctors suggested women with endometriosis should give birth in hospitals with specialist neonatal units so that expert help is on hand.

Researcher Lucky Saraswat, a consultant gynaecologist at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, said that miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies sadly can’t be prevented – so in these cases the baby cannot be saved.

But if doctors know that women with endometriosis are more at risk, they can monitor them more closely and admit them to a specialist unit at the first sign of trouble – limiting the dangers to the mother. Catching a haemorrhage early can save the life of both the mother and child. Dr Saraswat said: ‘These findings should be used to counsel women with endometriosis and inform them.

‘At the moment, once they are diagnosed with endometriosis, we talk about infertility but we do not talk about what happens once they get pregnant.

‘These finds can also be taken into account when planning antenatal care for these women.’

‘And often the person who waited until 39 to try is a successful career woman, who passed her school exams, went to university, got a good job and climbed up the career ladder and suddenly she can’t have something that everyone else can.’

As many as one in six couples suffers infertility. Almost 40,000 British women have fertility treatment each year, paying up to $15,000 per course, with 12,500 babies born with the help of IVF. Several fertility blood tests already exist, including one developed by Professor Ledger.

They typically use hormone levels to gauge a woman’s ‘ovarian reserve’ – the number of healthy eggs she has left. But critics question how well they work and fear a ‘good’ result could lull women into a false sense of security. Other doctors argue schoolchildren should be taught about fertility during sex education classes. Mark Hamilton, former chairman of the British Fertility Society, said there was ‘widespread misapprehension’ about the success rate of IVF. By the time a woman is in her mid 40s, it can be as low as 5 per cent.

Dr Hamilton, of Aberdeen Maternity Hospital, said: ‘Sexual health messages focus entirely on the avoidance of sex but this should be coupled with promotion of fertility awareness.

There is a patchy understanding about fertility among the general public, even among those who are well-read and highly educated.’

Tony Rutherford, the present chair of the BFS, said: ‘If a woman leaves it late – by which I mean 36 – she is taking a gamble.

‘There is a public health duty for us to ensure that men and women are informed about their fertility potential. At the moment, that’s not the case.’

By Fiona Macrae, The Daily Mail

 

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