Singapore Women’s Health Physiotherapy
What is Women’s Health Physiotherapy?
Women’s Health Physiotherapy was originally founded from the clinical area of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, which is the care of women in relation to childbirth. Currently, the scope of practice has now increased to include all health concerns of women covering their entire lifespan. Our specialists are highly trained professionals who can treat incontinence, pelvic pain, rehabilitation following gynecological or breast surgery, antenatal and postnatal musculoskeletal pain, prolapse and osteoporosis. Here at Women & Children Centre by Physio & Sole, our experienced physiotherapists can help women of all ages affected by injury or disability.
The Need For Women’s Health Physiotherapy
Research has shown that:
- ⅓ of all women have experienced urinary leakage
- ½ of all women undergo prolapse symptoms
- ⅕ women suffer from pelvic or sexual pain
- ⅑ women reported poor bowel control
When shared with general healthcare providers, these concerns are often brushed aside and normalised. But our women’s health physiotherapists do not take your worries lightly as they are women too – they can empathise and sympathise with all that you may be going through or facing. Our experienced and compassionate physios in Singapore are here to assure you that these are legitimate concerns that are far from the normal functioning of your body. Do not fret because you are not alone in facing these conditions as these are common issues faced by many other women too. You can share comfortably with our specialists as our team is deliberate in creating a safe space for you to discuss what you are facing as they understand the physical and emotional toll that it can take on you when these changes occur in your life. No matter what your goals are – be it no pain in your pelvis region, not having to rush to the toilet, saying goodbye to urinary leakage, being able to freely engage in pain-free sexual intercourse with your partner or taking back control of your body, our expert team is ready to provide you with a better understanding of your condition, educate you on different strategies to manage your condition at home and empower you to overcome what you are dealing with.
What to expect from a Women’s Health Physiotherapy Session?
The physiotherapy session will begin with your physiotherapist taking a thorough history of your condition. This is for us to understand your unique symptoms as no diagnosis is the same. A physical assessment will then be conducted, this may include checking your posture and the way you move. If there are specific concerns with your pelvic floor, an external and internal vaginal examination might also be conducted. We also have real time ultrasound in our clinic to assess the function of your pelvic floor and abdominal muscles.
A big part of the Women and Children Centre’s physiotherapy treatment in Singapore is educating our patients with the knowledge of their injury or condition. Our women’s health physio will create a custom rehabilitation program that optimizes treatment outcomes and facilitates your recovery in the quickest and safest manner.
The treatment session itself will usually consist of one or more of the following:
- Manual Therapy
- Therapeutic Exercise
- Electrophysical agents: Electrical Stimulation, Ultrasound therapy
- Soft Tissue Release and Mobilization
- Functional Rehabilitation
You will be involved in making the decisions and developing a joint partnership in managing your fitness and health. Let us help you with individualized care tailored to your unique needs as a woman. For supportive women’s health physiotherapy treatment in Singapore, please contact us.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is A Prolapse And How Can Physiotherapy Help?
In our body, our pelvic organs f include the bladder, uterus & rectum. These are supported by a network of connective tissue along with our pelvic floor muscles. Occasionally, especially after childbirth, the connective tissue can suffer damage and this changes the support to the organs. Progressively, they may start to bulge or sag onto the vagina walls. Consequently, you may experience these symptoms – a heavy sensation or dragging in the vagina, a bulge or a lump could develop, your bladder may not empty as it should, you may experience difficulty in clearing your bowels or you could experience recurring urinary tract infections.
But do not worry, a mild prolapse can often be treated without surgery. For higher grade prolapse, symptoms can be well managed with physiotherapy. A simple approach would involve pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation by our women’s health physiotherapists where a customised plan is catered for your individual needs. Undertaking lifestyle changes such as improving your diet, fluid intake, losing weight and following the targeted exercise programme by your physio for the supporting muscles such as pelvic floor and your abdominals can also aid greatly. They will also educate you on good toileting habits to avoid straining.
Is It Normal To Leak After Sneezing Or During Running?
Urine leakage when sneezing or running is a medical condition known as stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Studies show that 13% of women between 19-44 will develop SUI and 36% aged 45-65 will develop the condition. It is associated with the weakening of the pelvic floor muscle that supports your bladder. When you laugh, cough, sneeze or run, they are unable to resist the downward abdominal pressure induced by these actions.
But on a positive note, it is a very manageable condition through specialised pelvic floor physiotherapy done by women’s health physios and it is possible to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. If you are experiencing these problems, make haste to start as soon as possible to prevent it from negatively affecting your life in a bigger way.
What Should I Wear?
Dress in comfortable clothes that enable you to move comfortably so our team of women’s health physiotherapists are able to fully assess your condition and guide you through the physiotherapy process without you feeling any discomfort.