Experiencing pain in pregnancy or the postnatal period? Looking for treatment for an injury? Headaches, neck pain, backache or pelvic pain? Noticing discomfort associated with the menopause?
At the Luna Hive, we have a number of chartered women’s health physiotherapists in a range of physiotherapy clinics, as well as offering home physiotherapy visits. We offer women’s health physiotherapy, including pregnancy and postnatal physiotherapy and treatment for menopause symptoms. Physiotherapy is a treatment that assesses the way your body moves. It examines joints, muscles, tendons and fascia and the interplay between these systems.
Physiotherapy after pregnancy is offered to tackle the common problem areas such as pregnancy back pain and pelvic pain and following birth, diastasis recti, pelvic floor strength, posture, upper back, pelvic and lower back pain. General women’s physiotherapy is also offered, as well as menopause treatments.
Our physiotherapists are experts in women’s mental health, chartered and highly experienced. We have all the physiotherapy services you need to help you feel healthy and pain free! Book your physiotherapy appointment today!
Essentially, physiotherapy aims to restore normal movement and reduce pain. Physiotherapists have a good understanding of the other body systems as our training includes neurological, cardiovascular and respiratory care so this really helps us to know when something needs further investigation or referral to other areas of healthcare. Our team has a special interest in longstanding pain and pre and postnatal pelvic and back pain.– Jo Coulter, Chartered Physiotherapist, Guildford
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU
PAIN MANAGEMENT CLINIC
Physiotherapy is particularly helpful in pregnancy and postnatally, treating muscle weakness of the abdominals and pelvic floor. Some of the issues we can help you with include:
- Back pain
- Bladder and bowel weakness
- Diastasis recti
- Pregnancy pelvic pain
- Physiotherapy postnatal exercises
- Pregnancy back pain treatment
- Pregnancy related pain
- Sexual issues
- SPD treatment
- Sports injuries
- Women’s health physiotherapy assessment
We can create a bespoke package for you, so whether you know what you need, or require a full assessment, we can help. All our physiotherapists work to meet the individual’s needs, and often use some of the following techniques:
- Clinical pilates
- Joint mobilisation
- Soft tissue release
- Soft tissue massage
- Myofascial release
- Muscle Energy Technique
- Trigger point therapy
- Acupuncture and dry needling
PELVIC FLOOR PHYSIOTHERAPY
We specialise in women’s health pelvic floor physiotherapy. We offer physiotherapy for pelvic floor issues, including weakened muscles, incontinence, prolapse, injury and weak pelvic floor muscles due to childbirth or ageing. Our pelvic pain physiotherapy is bespoke to you and helps prevent and treat dysfunction, pain and organ prolapse. Our chartered women’s health physiotherapists also offer internal examinations. Want to find out more? Contact us to book an assessment!
COST AND LOCATION
We have a range of locations across the UK, with clinic and home appointments across the counties. Session costs are in the region of £75-100 for an assessment/treatment session. Our therapists are approved providers with health insurance companies.
Women visit out physiotherapists from Addlestone, Aldershot, Ashford, Bisley, Camberley, Chertsey, Chobham, Cobham, Cranleigh, Dorking, Egham, Epsom, Esher, Farnham, Farnborough, Fleet, Godalming, Guildford, Haslemere, Horley, Horsham, Kingston, Leatherhead, Lightwater, Oxshot, Redhill, Reigate, Richmond, Send, Shere, Staines-upon-Thames, Sunbury-on-Thames, Surbiton, Virginia Water, Walton-on-Thames, West-end, Weybridge, Windlesham and Woking.
WHAT TO EXPECT
So what is the physiotherapy process and what can you expect?
Physiotherapists will often have more time allocated for an initial meeting than most GPs or even specialist consultants. This is a fantastic opportunity to listen to the whole story or history of pain and injury.
A free flowing open conversation to discuss any worries will take place to explore things that have happened in the past and things that may or may not be relevant but paint the whole picture of your pain experience.
A physiotherapy assessment will involve looking at how you move. We look at active normal movements such as crouching down or reaching up above the head. Then there is an exploration around how the whole body interacts during movement. We might find that the back is compensating for stiffness in the hip or that the shoulders are affecting the movement in the neck so it is always a good idea to look at whole body movements. We also look at joint movement and muscle strength.
There is usually a gentle palpation (touching) of the skin and underlying muscles, which helps to judge how the body responds to light or deeper pressure from touch to see if it is sensitive or painful. We would always make sure that you are comfortable with this.
All of the conversation and assessment will lead to a clinical diagnosis (letting you know what is going on with your body). Some pain or injury might require further investigation such as scans or x-rays.
Physiotherapy is a partnership between the practitioner and the patient so we like to set meaningful goals with you.
We are honest about timescales and there may not be a quick fix although sometimes there is. Often an injury will need 6 to 8 weeks or even months to fully recover.
By this stage you should have a really good idea of what is going on with your body and how we are going to get you better. Then we begin the treatment itself.
This could be some form of manual therapy: soft tissue massage type techniques, joint mobilization (moving the joints in particular ways), joint manipulation (cracking). Sometimes we use acupuncture needles for pain relief and to help the body relax and achieve a restorative state in the nervous system.
The second main area of treatment is exercise. This might be a specific home program of exercise to move, strengthen, improve range, improve muscle co-ordination or balance, or change the way you habitually move. It might also take the form of guided exercise in a one to one environment.
WHAT’S THE BUZZ
Jo is brilliant with all the referrals I send her. She is so knowledgable and gets great feedback and results
The recommendation of going to see a women’s physio for a postnatal mot has been the single best piece of advice I’ve had since having a baby. Unfortunately so much of routine postnatal care is focused on the baby & I found there’s very little support on the NHS for new mums with regards to the changes our bodies go through both during pregnancy & postnatally. After the birth of my daughter things just didn’t feel quite right ‘down there’ – I didn’t have any specific symptoms of prolapse or incontinence but I was very aware that things felt different to before & I was constantly worrying about it. I was terrified of exercising & I couldn’t even bear the thought of having sex again! Going to see Claire has completely revolutionised my postpartum recovery- she’s really helped me to understand & address the weaknesses in my pelvic floor and get back into exercise safely. There was a point where I’d resigned myself to thinking that my body would never be the same again but 4 months after having my daughter I feel really positive about my body & that’s thanks to Claire.
My back issues are fixed after many years of pain. The expertise regarding women’s pain is second to none. I was seen so quickly by the really friendly team.
For expert physiotherapy from experienced, chartered physiotherapists in the UK, get in contact with our team. We are ready to answer your questions, with a range of bespoke treatment packages. Don’t delay, get help with your pain today!