About our pelvic health physiotherapy service

The pelvic health physiotherapy service provides care across inpatients and outpatients, including one to one care to both antenatal and postnatal.

The team works very closely with the Maternity team and several other services included on patient's care, such as gynaecology, colorectal, dietetics, GPs and more to provide specialist care for patients during pregnancy and up to six weeks after the delivery.

Conditions we treat

We provide treatment to patients who are experiencing musculoskeletal issues during their pregnancy, such as pelvic girdle pain, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and diastasis recti.

Additionally, we also offer care for those who have pelvic floor dysfunctions, including urinary and fecal incontinence, perineal trauma during childbirth, and pelvic pain.

How to prepare for your visit

When you visit your physiotherapist, they will discuss your current problem with you and ask a few questions to better understand your concerns. Depending on your needs, your physiotherapist may assess your back, hips and pelvis, neck and hands and provide you with appropriate advice. It's recommended that you wear comfortable clothing that allows for movement during the appointment.

If your issue relates to pelvic floor dysfunction, a physical examination may be necessary, which often involves a vaginal examination. It's important to note that your pelvic floor doesn't work alone and relies on many other systems to function correctly. Treatment often includes exercises that focus on improving the pelvic floor muscle and alleviating your symptoms. After the internal examination, your physiotherapist will design an individual recovery program suitable for you.

You are welcome to bring a chaperone with you during the examination if you feel more comfortable. Please inform your physiotherapist if you would like to arrange for a formal chaperone (another staff member) or bring a friend or relative as an informal chaperone. If no chaperone is available, you will have the opportunity to reschedule your appointment.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the examination or treatment, please don't hesitate to speak to your physiotherapist. They will be happy to discuss any issues with you.

Where to find us

You can find us at the Gynaecology Outpatients Department, level -1, Maternity Building.

Opening times

Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 8am to 4pm. 

Meet our team

Pelvic health lead physiotherapist – Maria Bordini