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Pelvic and Women’s Health Physiotherapy

Physiotherapist giving a client a leg massage.

Pelvic health physiotherapy is an effective non-surgical treatment that helps men and women suffering from pelvic dysfunction.

We have two specialists offering Pelvic Health Physiotherapy: Karen Irons who offers assessment and treatment for male and female pelvic health issues, and Vanessa Rose, who specialises in ante and post-natal physiotherapy and women's health.

Some of the conditions we treat include:

Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) This is the leakage of urine during a cough, sneeze, laugh, run, or any movement that increases abdominal pressure. SUI occurs frequently after childbirth or during the menopause. It is usually the result of an inefficient pelvic floor

Mixed Urinary Incontinence (MUI) This is a combination of stress leakage and urge leakage. It often presents with increasing urinary frequency and urgency and is usually the result of an overactive or “twitchy” bladder. Bladder training, lifestyle and fluid advice can help to manage these symptoms.

Male Incontinence Following prostatectomy ( removal of the prostate), urinary incontinence is common and should normally improve with time. Pelvic Floor muscle training can help to manage the leakage and promote recovery.

Faecal Incontinence Often the result of inadequate anal sphincter function. This can be improved with correct assessment and supervised anal sphincter exercise.

The inability to empty the bowels can be the result of altered defaecation dynamics. Good toileting position and muscle training to improve abdominal effort can improve emptying.

Gynaecological Physiotherapy

Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) This is the abnormal descent of the pelvic organs, including the uterus and the vagina sometimes with protrusion through the vaginal opening. There is increasing evidence that pelvic floor exercises can improve prolapse symptoms and reduce the need for surgery.

Gynaecological surgery Rehabilitation following abdominal and vaginal surgery such as vaginal prolapse repairs and hysterectomy, to enhance recovery and facilitate a return to sport and work.

Obstetric Physiotherapy

At Chichester Physiotherapy Clinic, we treat pregnancy related conditions such as Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI), Pelvic Girdle Pain, symphysis pubis dysfunction and diastasis recti abdominis (separation of the abdominal muscles).

Pregnant Woman

Antenatal advice Antenatal advice for a healthy and active pregnancy, including pre natal safe exercise and pelvic floor exercise.

Pregnancy related Pelvic girdle Pain (PGP) and low back pain (previously referred to as symphysis pubis dysfunction or SPD) A biomechanical movement assessment and manual therapy will help to address any movement dysfunction of the pelvis and help to manage pain in pregnancy.

Pregnancy Pilates and abdominal rehabilitation Pregnancy pilates will help to improve posture and body awareness during pregnancy and safely maintain strength and endurance to prepare for labour and birth.

Pelvic floor Rehabilitation

Research suggests that pelvic floor exercises are more effective if they are taught correctly by a qualified Women`s Health Physiotherapist.

At Chi Physio, we will examine the pelvic floor and prescribe an individually tailored exercise programme. We use up to date equipment to improve patient feedback and thus efficiency of the programme. This includes:

Rehabilitative biofeedback ultrasound, EMG visual feedback and neuromuscular electrical stimulation. All can be used when appropriate and are included in the cost of the treatment. (excluding the cost of probe)

For more information on the conditions we treat and services we offer, or to book an appointment please call 01243 527827 or email us at

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