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Pelvic floor training

Physio for pelvic floor

HCA UK experts explain how physiotherapy can help to rebuild the strength of your pelvic floor and core muscles.

About

Over time, a woman's pelvic floor muscles can be weakened by pregnancy, childbirth and weight gain. In severe cases this can cause pain, possible incontinence, make it hard to pass a bowel movement and lead to vaginal prolapse. Physio can help to rebuild the strength of your pelvic floor and core muscles, making you feel confident and in control.

Need to know

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    Our women's health physiotherapists treat all gynaecological, pelvic, bowel, antenatal and postnatal conditions — from stress incontinence to rehabilitation after a hysterectomy.

    The type of physio you have will depend on your condition. First, you’ll have a consultation and an examination of your pelvic floor, so your consultant can devise a bespoke treatment plan.

    The treatment could include massage, postural and movement analyses, and exercises. A treatment using an electrical stimulation device may also be used to help exercise and strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. You'll also be given simple exercises to do at home.
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    You'll have a course of physiotherapy treatment sessions. Your consultant will talk to you about how many you need and review your progress as you go to make sure you're heading in the right direction.

    Electrical stimulation may be recommended at the same time as physiotherapy. This involves placing a probe in the vagina, with an electrical current that runs through to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.

    You generally need to use the machine regularly for up to eight weeks. This may be loaned to you to use at home, and if so, you will be given detailed instructions on how to use it.
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    Over time, physiotherapy should help to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and improve your ability to control your bladder. Your consultant will let you know next steps and if you need further treatment.
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  • The Portland Hospital

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
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  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    HCA UK at The Shard

    The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street

    London

    SE1 9BS

    Call 020 3131 6888

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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