Women’s Health

The Louth Physiotherapy Clinic is pleased to announce that we are now offering a women’s health physiotherapy service.


Women’s health physiotherapy aims to assist women throughout their lives, such as during:

Adolescence

  • Pelvic Floor Education
  • General Exercise – Prevention of Osteoporosis and Back Pain
  • Treatment of Spinal Disorders
  • Treatment of Urinary Incontinence

Childbearing Years

  • Antenatal and Postnatal Education
  • Pregnancy Associated Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction / Diastasis Recti
  • Urinary and Faecal Incontinence
  • Perineal Complications / Pain

Menopausal Years

  • General exercise for decreased Mobility, Osteoporosis and Back Pain

The Elderly

  • Back Care
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders secondary to Osteoporosis
  • Pelvic Floor Education and Treatment of Urinary and Faecal Incontinence

Incontinence is an issue which can present at any time through a woman’s life, it is an problem which women’s health physiotherapists can play a huge role in managing, curing and preventing re-occurrence of.

The Facts

One in four Irish women are at risk of suffering from urinary incontinence at some stage in their lives.  It is often considered to be part of the normal ageing process about which nothing can be done. This is not so. Incontinence has definite causes and can be treated.

What is incontinence?

It is an unwanted leakage from the bladder or bowel which can happen at unsociable times and in inappropriate places. It can be an embarrassing problem which many women may find hard to talk about. There are many things which can be done to help this problem.

Types of incontinence:

Stress incontinence

This type of incontinence is characterised by leakage of urine when you cough, sneeze, laugh or make sudden movements. Weakness of the pelvic floor muscles is the main cause of this type of incontinence, and the most common cause of weakness is damage to the muscles resulting from childbirth or surgery.
Urge incontinence

There is a strong need to pass urine which if ignored may lead to leaking. The most common cause is urinary infection, but may be due to physical irritation from a number of causes e.g. Cystitis, Bladder stones and Oestrogen deficiency following the menopause.

Some people may have a combination of both stress and urge incontinence.

The Cause:

Labour and delivery can stretch the muscles which maintain continence. Factors which may increase this damage include large babies, successive deliveries and perhaps long deliveries. Hormonal changes within the body can play a huge role in incontinence.

Types of treatment used in women’s health physiotherapy:

Physiotherapists may need to empty a number of techniques to restore pelvic function, these may include:

  • Abdominal muscle exercises
  • Manual Therapy
  • Breathing Exercises
  • Core Stability Training/Pilates
  • Guidance on safe exercise in pregnancy
  • Health Promotion
  • Pelvic Floor Muscle Re-Education
  • Ante and Post Natal Pilates Classes
  • Postural Correction
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Strengthening / Stabilising Exercises

Contact us today for more information or to make an appointment.