Liz Maertin Women’s Health Physiotherapist
Why Women’s Health Physiotherapy? Many women suffer incontinence in silence, when there are many options available to improve symptoms or achieve full recovery. My passion is to help these women improve their quality of life.
Rusden St Physio has supported my passion by investing in a Real Time Ultrasound Machine and specialist training, allowing me to assess pelvic floor dysfunction and better manage treatment.
What are the most common symptoms? The symptoms most often seen are: Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) (urine leakage with physical activity/movement e.g. coughing, running), Overactive Bladder (OAB) (unexpected urine leakage); and Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) where pelvic organs (e.g. bladder) “drop down” through supportive layers of muscle. Some women experience bothersome wind or faecal incontinence. And it’s not just women, man, particularly those over 60, can also experience SUI and OAB.
How can physiotherapy help? Supervised, intense pelvic floor training can improve or completely resolve 84% of SUI. Bladder retraining and pelvis floor exercises can help manage OAB. Pelvic Floor exercises may help prevent POP progression, or complement surgery.
Education, dietary changes and pelvic floor exercises can help manager these problems.