7 Reasons To See A Women’s Health Physiotherapist

I am so passionate about women’s health, particularly during the journey of becoming and being a mum.

In my ideal world, every woman who has a baby would be reviewed by a women’s health physiotherapist following the birth of their child.

A woman’s body goes through so much during the journey from conception to the birth of their precious child, that on the outside no one would know just how much recovery a woman’s body has to go through while adjusting to her new life  as a mum and caring for her new baby.

What exactly is a Women’s Health or Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist?

A women’s health or pelvic floor physiotherapist is a physiotherapist who holds post-graduate qualifications in musculoskeletal issues associated with pregnancy, birth, post-natal, breastfeeding and menopause. They are trained to understand the life-stages and changes experienced by women, and the impacts these have on a woman’s body.

So, why should I see a Women’s Health or Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist?

As an exercise specialist, there are many reasons why I refer my clients to a Women’s Health Physiotherapist.

However, the following are the 7 main reasons why any woman, particularly a new mum, should make an appointment to be reviewed by a Women’s Health Physiotherapist:

  1. Painful scar tissue (caesarean, episiotomy, tear)
  2. Have a bulge or feeling of ‘heaviness’, discomfort, pulling dragging or dropping in the vagina
  3. Accidently leaking urine, wind, stool when you exercise, play sport, laugh, cough or sneeze
  4. Urgency to pass urine or to use your bowels
  5. Passing urine frequently or constantly needing to go to the toilet
  6. Finding it difficult to empty your bladder or bowel
  7. Suffer from pelvic pain or experience pain during or after intercourse

“Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live”

– Jim Rohn

Returning to exercise or sport after having a baby is one that should be gradual and with care. If you are looking for some guidance, please refer to my blog Getting Active As A New Mum.

And, if your personal trainer, coach or fitness professional does not ask you questions about your pelvic floor, test your deep abdominal strength, take time to ask about any other conditions or issues you are currently dealing with as a new mum or make modifications for the stage you are at postpartum, it may be time to find a new trainer!

At MumaBubs, we throughly screen all of our new clients, and ensure that we know as much as possible about each women’s motherhood journey, before they start sessions with us. And, we now recommend all of our new clients, and expectant mums, both current and new clients, take the time to be reviewed by a Women’s Health Physiotherapist. 

You have to live with your body for the rest of your life. And, if it looks good but is not functioning well, then that affects the quality of your life both now, and when your little ones have grown up.

Take the time to care for yourself so you can live life to the full and enjoy every moment with confidence!

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Jody is a pregnancy and post-natal specialist, with tertiary qualifications in exercise science and registered as a Level 3 Exercise Professional with Fitness Australia.
Jody is also a mum of two small children under 5, and therefore understands the demands and challenges of being a mum.
Jody is passionate about educating, energising and empowering pregnant and post-natal women through the provision of safe but effective exercise programs and fitness sessions.
Contact me today to see how I can help you with your fitness and health!
Disclaimer: This article is advice only. All individuals should discuss the suitability of their exercise program with their doctor, exercise professional, physiotherapist or midwife.
For further advice about your individual fitness needs, speak to a pregnancy and post-natal exercise professional, women’s health physiotherapist or health professional.

4 thoughts on “7 Reasons To See A Women’s Health Physiotherapist

  1. My wife has been thinking about finding a good women’s health physio, and I think that being able read a little bit more about it would be good. I’m glad that you talked about how returning to exercise after having a baby being something that should be done gradually. I’m going to have to see if I can help her find a good women’s health physio and hopefully get her back to normal soon! Thank you!

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    • Hi Max. You are most welcome 🙂 And, yes, I recommend all my post-natal clients, and even those experiencing any concerning symptoms in pregnancy, to consult with a Women’s health physiotherapist. After having a baby our bodies never go completely back to the way they were pre-pregnancy, but I believe every post-natal woman has the right to have confidence in her after-baby body, and women’s health physiotherapists and post-natal fitness professionals can support woman to achieve this and to live they life they want to live!

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  2. I like how you mention that it is a good idea to go to a physiotherapy clinic if you are experiencing some massive pelvic pain. Lately, I’ve been really achy in that area and I haven’t been sure what kind of specialist would be best for this situation. So I will definitely go to a women’s health physiotherapist so that the pain I feel in my pelvis can stop.

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    • Hi Ashley. Thank you for your feedback. And, yes, I would definitely recommend consulting a Women’s Health Physiotherapist if you are experiencing pelvic pain. If you are in Australia, and would like any recommendations please do get back in touch and just advise where you are located in Australia.

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