Julia is a full member of the ACPWH (Association of Physiotherapists in Women’s Health) she specialises in re-education of (in her eyes!) one of the most important muscles in the body – the pelvic floor. Important because it can be easily re-educated to correct inconvenient, embarrassing and expensive continence problems. She applies her understanding of the postural effects of pelvic floor health and re-educates defaecation when indicated. She holds a clinic once a fortnight on a Thursday at The Nuffield Hospital, Ipswich. Here, in a clinical setting she is able to help clients with continence or prolapse problems.
A totally confidential clinic designed to help sufferers of these debilitating conditions.
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Pelvic Floor Dysfunction/Continence Problems
Around a third of all women are troubled by regular episodes of urinary incontinence, however, less than a third of these will seek medical help. Men may experience problems after prostate surgery.
There are two common types of bladder problem – stress incontinence, when the bladder leaks when put under pressure, perhaps during exercise or with a cough or sneeze. Urge incontinence is when there is a sudden urge to go to the toilet and in the rush, there is leakage of urine. Women can be especially prone to developing incontinence when the pelvic floor is damaged or made weaker by difficult births/heavy babies, after the menopause, being overweight, having had a longstanding cough or constipation.
Julia is a specialist physiotherapist, experienced in the treatment of continence problems of the bladder, bowel and prolapse problems. With extensive training in muscle anatomy Julia can help you maximise pelvic floor strength and symptoms can be significantly improved and often prevent the need for surgery.
– Individual exercise programme
– Electrical stimulation to the pelvic floor if indicated
– Intra vaginal devices if indicated
– Training the bladder to hold more (bladder drills)
– Biofeedback (where we use sensors to re-educate the muscles via displaying to you on a realtime graph
what your muscles are doing)
– Advice on fluid intake for a healthy bladder
– Checking your bladder empties completely (abdominal ultrasound)
What to Expect:
On your first visit (one hour), an assessment of your condition will be made, a treatment plan will be worked to enable you to get better as quickly as possible. Each follow-up appointment will last 30 minutes and your treatment (usually 3-4 sessions in total) will be scheduled over a 4-6 month period. Confidentiality is maintained throughout. You may be asked to remove some clothing but modesty will be protected at all times. Consent shall be sought prior to intimate examination.
Do I need a GP referral?
Only if you are insured and your insurance company requires one. If you are self paying then no referral is needed.
If you would like to make an appointment or would like further information please telephone The Nuffield Hospital, Physiotherapy Department on 01473 279 136
Nuffield Hospital, Foxhall Road, Ipswich, SUFFOLK IP1 4AX