Physiotherapists offer women of all ages physiotherapy treatment for bladder, bowel and pelvic floor conditions especially in the antenatal and postnatal periods.

To work in this area, Chartered Physiotherapists must have completed specialised post-graduate training, in addition to their third level degree qualification. Nicola is a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists Women’s Health & Continence special interest group and an affiliated member of the Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy based in the UK.

Your first session will include a detailed assessment of your condition which is completely confidential, beginning with questions about your symptoms and general medical history.

The assessment will be followed by a physical examination which may or may not include an internal examination. This is only undertaken with full consent of the client after all assessment and treatment options are explained. This part of the assessment can be omitted at the client’s discretion. The type of examination carried out will depend on the condition you are attending with, and may include an assessment of posture and function, muscle tone, flexibility and strength especially in the pelvic region.

Based on the results of the assessment, you will be recommended a treatment programme that has been specifically developed for you as there is no standard treatment in this area.