At the White House Clinic, we offer an array of Women's Health Physiotherapy services. 

As many as 1 in 3 women will experience bladder problems during their lifetime, 50 – 70% of women have back and/or pelvic pain during pregnancy, and all women will at some point in their lives go through the menopause causing muscle weakness. Whilst these concerns are common they are not ‘normal’ and can be treated with simple, effective exercises.

Our Women’s Health Physiotherapy Clinic offers specialist pelvic health care for women during pregnancy and beyond, by helping women understand the changes their bodies are going through, manage any pelvic pains and/or concerns, and maintain a strong, and healthy pelvic floor.

Our Women’s Health Specialist, Róisín O’Bentley, can help and support you with a range of conditions, including:

  • Pregnancy related Pelvic girdle pain and low back pain during pre and postnatal
  • Other musculoskeletal symptoms in pregnancy
  • Tummy muscle separation (DRAM) in pregnancy
  • Bladder incontinence

For more information about our Women's Health Physiotherapy Clinic, please view the FAQ's below, or contact us.

How are Women's Health Physiotherapy appointments undertaken?

At the White House Clinic, we recommend that initial assessment appointments for Women's Health physiotherapy are booked for 1 hour. This give sufficient space for patients to talk about their concerns. Pregnant ladies can often be very anxious about any ache/pain/crack/grinding sensation in their pelvis during pregnancy. Similarly, women experiencing leaks can be deeply embarrassed about their problem. A lot of the initial assessment session can therefore be spent providing empathy and reassurance to these patients (as well as treating them).

Follow-up appointments are no longer than 30mins.

What specific conditions can we treat at the Women's Health Physiotherapy Clinic?

  • Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) - umbrella term given to pregnancy associated pain in the pelvic area
  • Lower back pain in pregnancy
  • Diastasis Rectus Abdominis Muscle (DRAM) - separation of the abdominals during pregnancy
  • Post-birth vaginal tear management
  • Carpal Tunnel symptoms
  • Bladder incontinence (stress incontinence, urgency incontinence and overactive bladder)

What treatment methods are used in Women's Health Physiotherapy?

  • Postural realignment and education
  • Pelvic muscle exercises
  • Core exercises
  • Thoracic spine exercises
  • Breathing exercises
  • Gym-ball exercises (for trunk, core and pelvis)
  • Provision of tubigrip for extra support of the pelvis and education thereof
  • Movement, transfers and resting advice (mainly for antenatal patients)
  • Bladder education and daily chart to record frequency and output

Antenatal and postnatal services at the White House Clinic

Alongside our specialist women's health physio we have an amazing team who are commited to helping you before, during and after childbirth.

We offer a bespoke package of pre and postnatal pregnancy care which includes 1:1 pilates sessions and massage therapy.

Antenatal Pilates at the White House Studio

Designed to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, keeping core muscles healthy in preparation for birth. During each trimester, safe exercises will be encouraged, helping to maintain strength during birth and aid postnatal recover

The sessions will look at pelvic and spinal mobility & relaxation whilst gently keeping the body strong through safe exercise.

  • Reduce back muscle & joint aches and pains
  • Help prevent injury
  • Build core strength
  • Reduce swelling, muscle tension & headaches
  • Reduce stress, anxiety & depression
  • Improve labour outcomes
Postnatal Pilates at the White House Studio

Our Postnatal Pilates class is for clients who have undergone medical clearance from their healthcrae professional (6 weeks/12 weeks c-section).

Involving safe exercises for the pelvis, abdominals & back muscles, encouraged at a rate that feels comfortable for each individual. Babies are welcome at the classes and can be involved with some of the exercises for a safe, fun, bonding experience. Being with other mums can help combat isolation so we make time for a conversation after the session.

  • Aids postnatal recovery
  • Builds core strength, flexibility & stability
  • Impoves the pelvic floor
  • Helps prevent back injury
Antenatal and Postnatal Massage Therapy

Massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, improve labour outcomes and new-born health. Massage therapy addresses different needs through varying techniques.

Antenatal massage can also:

  • Reduce back & joint pain
  • Improve circulation
  • Reduce swelling
  • Reduce muscle tension & headaches
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
  • Aid better sleep

Our specialist massage therapist, Jill Saxby is qualified to perform massage during and after your pregnancy. For more information about the benefits of massage please visit our dedicated page here

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