Physiotherapy for women's health

Our specialist women's health physiotherapists at Spire Wellesley Hospital, in Southend, Essex, offer private patients a comprehensive range of treatments encompassing obstetrics and gynaecology for conditions such as pelvic floor weakness, urinary and faecal incontinence,  overactive bladder and prolapse management.

Specialist women's health physiotherapists in Southend, Essex

Spire Wellesley's physiotherapy service for women's health treats women from all over Essex including Southend, Westcliff on Sea, Leigh on Sea, Rayleigh, Wickford, Chelmsford, Basildon and Hockley.

Our Senior Physiotherapist is a qualified clinical specialist in women’s health (ACPWH member) with certificates in Physiotherapy in Women’s Health and Continence for Physiotherapists.

In addition to our treatments for post-operative patients, we also offer assessment and treatment for non-surgical patients, who suffer from

  • Stress and urge urinary incontinence
  • Overactive bladder symptoms
  • Pelvic organ dysfunction (prolapse)
  • Faecal urgency incontinence
  • Defaecation dysfunction

Women’s Health physiotherapy can improve the health, fitness and well-being of women during pregnancy and the postnatal period, but continence problems may occur at any age and affect up to 1 in 3 women, often causing distress and embarrassment.  Women may avoid certain situations and activities due to fear of leakage and often delay seeking help for many years.  Treatment is offered in the physiotherapy department for stress, urge and mixed urinary and faecal incontinence.   A thorough subjective and objective assessment is carried out for each patient, and following examination, an individualised treatment programme is established.

Bladder retraining, using urge deferment techniques and fluid intake advice is offered for women with overactive bladder symptoms as an alternative to medication. Constipation advice and management is also provided, incorporating fluid and dietary advice and bowel retraining.

Following childbirth or gynaecological surgery, women may experience pelvic floor dysfunction or weakness, leading to discomfort or lack of sensation.  This may be improved by a supervised pelvic floor muscle training regime,

It is estimated that 50% of women who have had children will experience some form of pelvic organ prolapse in later life, making it a common cause of referral to physiotherapy.  Adhering to a pelvic floor training programme, together with prolapse management advice, may prevent or delay the need for surgical intervention by minimising any discomfort or bladder/bowel control issues.

For women in whom surgery is deemed necessary, physiotherapy is beneficial in providing advice and  a supervised exercise regime to strengthen pelvic floor muscles both pre- and post-operatively and to optimise recovery.

Women’s Health physiotherapy at the Spire Wellesley Hospital offers a private, relaxed environment in which women may be reassured that their problems will be dealt with sensitively, by highly specialised professionals with extensive experience in this field.

Techniques to treat these conditions include pelvic floor exercises, core stability training, bladder training, biofeedback, electrical stimulation and vaginal cones.

To book an appointment call 01702 447 904 or email

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