Riley Physiotherapists

Riley Physiotherapy, Gillitts, Hillcrest & Kloof practices

Women’s Health

Riley Physiotherapy

Gillitts, Kloof & Hillcrest practices

Women’s Health

Women’s Health physiotherapy, also known as Pelvic physiotherapy, is a specialised branch of physiotherapy that focuses on the assessment and treatment of conditions related to the pelvic floor muscles and associated structures in women. The pelvic floor is a group of muscles, ligaments, and connective tissue that supports the bladder, uterus and rectum.

What Women’s Health Physiotherapists do

Women’s Health physiotherapists are trained to treat a variety of conditions that affect the pelvic floor, including urinary and faecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction and pregnancy-related musculoskeletal conditions. They use a range of techniques such as pelvic floor muscle exercises, manual therapy and electrical stimulation to improve the function of the pelvic floor muscles and associated structures.

Women’s Health physiotherapy is an important aspect of women’s healthcare as it can help to improve quality of life, reduce pain and discomfort and improve sexual function. It is often recommended for women who are pregnant or have recently given birth, women experiencing menopause and those who have undergone gynaecological surgery.

Riley Physiotherapists have physiotherapists with additional training and experience in Women’s Health physiotherapy and are passionate about addressing the unique health needs of women. Contact us today for an appointment.

Some of the most common conditions treated by women’s health physiotherapists include:

  1. Urinary incontinence: Involuntary leakage of urine that can occur during activities such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercising (stress incontinence).
  2. Overactive bladder syndrome: Sudden and frequent urge to urinate, often accompanied by urine leakage (urge incontinence) and/or nocturia (frequent urination at night).
  3. Faecal incontinence: Involuntary leakage of faeces or difficulty controlling bowel movements.
  4. Pelvic organ prolapse: A condition where one or more pelvic organs, such as the bladder, uterus, or rectum, can protrude into the vagina.
  5. Pelvic pain: Pain in the pelvic area, including the lower abdomen, lower back and genitals.
  6. Dyspareunia: Pain during sexual intercourse.
  7. Vaginismus: Involuntary contraction of the pelvic floor muscles, which can cause pain and difficulty with penetration.
  8. Endometriosis: A condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus, causing pain and other symptoms.
  9. Vulvodynia: Chronic pain or discomfort in the vulva, the external female genitalia.
  10. Pre- and post-natal care: Women’s health physiotherapy can also help with pre- and post-natal care, including pelvic floor muscle exercises, education on childbirth and breastfeeding positions, and management of common pregnancy-related musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain and pelvic girdle pain.

    Women’s Health physiotherapy can help to improve the function of the pelvic floor muscles and associated structures, reduce pain and discomfort and improve quality of life for women experiencing these conditions.

    Benefits of Women’s Health physiotherapy

    1. Improved pelvic floor muscle function: Women’s Health physiotherapy can help to improve the strength (and sometimes relaxation), endurance and coordination of the pelvic floor muscles. This can help to reduce symptoms of urinary incontinence, faecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain.

    2. Reduced pain and discomfort: Women’s Health physiotherapy can help to reduce pain and discomfort in the pelvic area, including during sexual intercourse. This can improve quality of life and overall well-being.

    3. Prevention of pelvic floor dysfunction: Women’s Health physiotherapy can help to prevent pelvic floor dysfunction from developing or worsening. This is particularly important during pregnancy and postpartum, as well as for women who have undergone gynaecological surgery or are experiencing menopause.

    4. Education and empowerment: Women’s health physiotherapists can provide education and support to help women better understand their bodies and how to care for them. This can empower women to take an active role in their own healthcare and make informed decisions about their health.

    5. Individualised treatment: Women’s health physiotherapy is tailored to each individual’s specific needs and goals. This means that women can receive personalised care that addresses their unique symptoms and concerns.

    Women’s Health physiotherapy can improve pelvic floor muscle function, reduce pain and discomfort, prevent pelvic floor dysfunction, provide education and support and offer individualised treatment. These benefits can have a positive impact on women’s physical and emotional well-being, as well as their overall quality of life.

    When you should consider Women’s Health physiotherapy

    Women’s Health physiotherapy can be helpful for women of all ages, but there are certain times when it may be particularly beneficial. Here are some situations where you may want to consider seeing a Women’s Health physiotherapist:

    1. During pregnancy: Women’s Health physiotherapy can be helpful during pregnancy to prepare the pelvic floor muscles for childbirth and reduce the risk of pelvic floor dysfunction. A Women’s Health physiotherapist can teach you pelvic floor muscle exercises, as well as provide education on proper body mechanics and posture during pregnancy.

    2. After childbirth: Women’s Health physiotherapy can be beneficial after childbirth to help restore pelvic floor muscle function and reduce symptoms such as urinary incontinence, faecal incontinence and pelvic pain. A Women’s Health physiotherapist can teach you exercises to strengthen and coordinate the pelvic floor muscles, as well as provide guidance on safe return to exercise and activities.

    3. For pelvic pain or dysfunction: Women’s Health physiotherapy can be helpful for women experiencing pelvic pain or dysfunction, such as urinary incontinence, faecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, dyspareunia, vaginismus, endometriosis, or vulvodynia. A Women’s health physiotherapist can assess your pelvic floor muscle function and provide treatment, including pelvic floor muscle exercises, manual therapy and other techniques.

    4. Before and after gynaecological surgery: Women’s Health physiotherapy can be helpful before and after gynaecological surgery, such as a hysterectomy or prolapse repair, to prepare the pelvic floor muscles for surgery and aid in recovery. A Women’s Health physiotherapist can provide education on pre- and post-surgical care, as well as exercises and other treatments to improve pelvic floor muscle function.

    If you are experiencing symptoms related to the pelvic floor muscles or associated structures, or are planning for pregnancy or gynaecological surgery, it may be beneficial to see a Women’s Health physiotherapist. They can assess your individual needs and provide personalised treatment to improve your pelvic floor muscle function and overall well-being.

    Price of Women’s Health Physioptherapy

    The cost of Women’s Health Physiotherapy will vary depending on your condition and other factors related to treatment, but is generally very affordable and often less than “usual” physiotherapy treatments.

    We offer medical aid rates.

    Please contact us if you need any further information on pricing.

    How we can help

    We have two physiotherapists that are trained and experienced in Women’s Health physiotherapy and passionate about helping women.

    How to Schedule and Appointment

    MAIN BRANCH (GILLITTS):       

    Book an appointment via:

    Phone: 031 764 2750  (preferred)
    Email: info@rileyphysios.co.za
    Link to contact form:

    HILLCREST BRANCH (LE DOMAINE): 

    Book an appointment via:

    Phone: 031 764 2750  (preferred)
    Email: info@rileyphysios.co.za
    Link to contact form:

    KLOOF BRANCH: 

    Book an appointment via:

    Phone: 031 767 3989  (preferred)
    Juli-Ann Riley Physios
    Link to contact form:

    Our Location

    MAIN BRANCH (GILLITTS):       

    The Gillitts Medical Centre, 15 Old Main Rd, Gillitts, 3610. Kwazulu Natal,
    South Africa.

    HILLCREST BRANCH (LE DOMAINE): 

    Le Domaine Health, Le Domaine Estate, 100 Acutts Drive, Hillcrest, 3610. Kwazula Natal, South Africa.

    KLOOF BRANCH:        

    Juli-Ann Riley Physiotherapists, Femina Health, 75 Old Main Rd, Kloof 3610, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

    Frequently asked questions about Women’s Health physiotherapy

      1. What happens during a Women’s Health physiotherapy assessment?

      During an assessment, the Women’s Health physiotherapist will ask you extensively about your symptoms and medical history and perform a physical examination of your pelvic floor muscles and associated structures. This may include a vaginal exam, but this is often not done on the first session and is not mandatory. The physiotherapist will then use this information to develop a personalised treatment plan.

      2. What types of treatments are used in Women’s Health physiotherapy?

      Treatments may include pelvic floor muscle exercises (strengthening, co-ordination, relaxation, endurance), manual therapy, electrical stimulation, education on proper body mechanics and posture and advice on lifestyle modifications. The specific treatment will depend on your individual needs and goals.

      3. Is Women’s Health physiotherapy painful?

      Women’s Health physiotherapy should not be painful. However, some women with genital or pelvic pain may experience pain during an internal pelvic exam. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, be sure to communicate this to your physiotherapist.

      4. How long does women’s health physiotherapy take?

      The length of treatment will depend on your individual needs and goals. Treatment may range from a few weeks to several months. Your physiotherapist will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is appropriate for you.

      5. Do I need a referral to see a Women’s health physiotherapist?

      No, physiotherapists are first line practitioners so a member of the public may see them directly. Some medical aids/plans do have different rules regarding their cover, so always best to check with them if you are wanting them to cover your treatment.

       

      PLEASE NOTE: This information is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment. It is aimed at presenting a perspective only and is not a substitute for a health professional consultation. Anyone experiencing a medical condition or requiring physiotherapy should book an appointment with us for a complete assessment.

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        MAIN BRANCH (GILLITTS):

        Riley Physiotherapists

        The Gillitts Medical Centre, 15 Old Main Rd, Gillitts, 3610. Kwazulu Natal, South Africa.

        TEL031 764 2750

        EMAILinfo@rileyphysios.co.za

        KLOOF BRANCH:

        Juli-Ann Riley Physiotherapists

        Femina Health, 75 Old Main Rd, Kloof 3610, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

        TEL: 031 767 3989

        EMAIL:  jariley@mweb.co.za

        HILLCREST BRANCH:

        Le Domaine Health

        Le Domaine Health, 100 Acutts Drive, Hillcrest, 3610, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

        Bookings: 031 355 0030

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        All private homes in the upper Highway Nursing homes

        including Rob Roy, Winston Park Rest Home, Waterfall Gardens & Le Domaine Care (and others)

        Bookings: 031 764 2750

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