I am a Physiotherapist, have been for 14 years and I love my job. Since I qualified I have worked in the Musculoskeletal speciality, seeing all types of conditions, from heads to toes. I did a Masters degree in Musculoskeletal Therapy and never considered doing anything else. Until I had my children.
Having kids has enriched my life in so many ways, but not least in my professional role. For the past 5 years it has opened up my eyes to the world of Women’s Health, giving me a new found passion and ambition to raise awareness of this often overlooked and undiscussed area.
Women make up 50% of the population, and not meaning to sound overtly feminist, we do go through many challenging and life-changing phases, including puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth and menopause. These natural phases can of course be wonderful, but as I realised first-hand after experiencing two pregnancies and two resultant Caesarean sections, may not be without their problems.
Research suggests that over 50% of women will experience urinary incontinence to some degree during their lifetime. This may range from a little leakage on coughing or on impact activity, to urgency incontinence or Overactive Bladder Disorder. Incontinence may be related to pregnancy, childbirth, surgery, hormonal changes and ageing, amongst other factors. Research also shows that incontinence is the main factor second to dementia which leads to people being admitted into residential homes or care.
Despite these high numbers, the subject is still very much a taboo, with many women too embarrassed to seek help, or even worse, believing that their symptoms are normal or expected as part of their life stage. This is a huge problem. Whatever the life phase, these kinds of symptoms are never normal, or to be expected.
The media does nothing to help this situation, with adverts about incontinence pads and celebrities endorsing incontinence products, conveying the message that incontinence is normal. Although this may help increase awareness about the problem, it certainly does not help in it’s management.
I am passionate about raising awareness about Women’s Health Physiotherapy. Research shows that Pelvic Physiotherapy and exercise should be the first line treatment for urinary incontinence and has excellent and life changing outcomes for these women.
So if you are one of these ladies, what ever your age or life phase, do not suffer in silence, please seek help if you are experiencing any degree of urinary incontinence. See a Women’s Health Physiotherapist. There is plenty that can be done to help you, other than wearing pads or making drastic life changes like stopping exercise.
We will listen to your concerns sensitively, in the privacy of our lovely new clinic environment and will do our utmost to ensure that you receive the best possible treatment for your problem.
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