All Women’s Health Physiotherapy appointment at Sussex Physio Pilates are with Senior Physiotherapist Claire Yuill.
Claire combines her 20 years’ experience as a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates Teacher with Specialist Woman’s Health Training to holistically assess and treat Pelvic Dysfunctions such as:
- Urinary Incontinence
- Bladder Dysfunctions
- Pelvic Pain
- Pelvic Instability and Weakness
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse
She also offers a MummyMOT postnatal assessment for new, and not so new Mums – Assessing tummy and pelvic floor strength and function.
Stress Incontinence – leaking urine when you cough, laugh, sneeze or jump is usually caused by weakness of the Pelvic floor muscles (that form the floor of the core). Guided pelvic floor strengthening is often a large part of treatment.
Urge Incontinence (or Over Active Bladder) – Leaking urine when you feel a sudden urge to ‘go’. Pelvic floor exercises can also play a part here, but often the bladder needs to be ‘re-trained’ in it’s habits.
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that form the ‘floor of your core’. They, just like other muscles of the body, can become weak (often after pregnancy or menopause) or tight (due to pelvic pain, injury or stress).
Examining the pelvic Floor:
Women’s Health Physiotherapists assess the pelvic floor by performing an internal examination. This allows us to determine the tone and strength of the muscle lift, as well as checking that you are working the muscles in the right way.
This part of the assessment can be performed at the 1 st appointment, but only if you feel comfortable and give your valid consent.
You are welcome to bring a Chaperone.
Founder of Sussex Physio Pilates, Senior Physiotherapist Claire Yuill has undergone additional Specialist Women’s Health training with the POGP (Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy), Dr Ruth Jones, Maria Elliot and Kate Walsh at The Mummy MOT
The MummyMOT® is a detailed Post-natal Physiotherapy assessment of the abdominal and pelvic area, from 6 weeks postnatally (though still beneficial years later!)
We believe your body deserves to receive as much care & attention as your baby's.
It will check your posture, breathing, tummy gap and pelvic floor strength.
Following the assessment, you will receive an appropriate safe exercise programme tailored to you, and a report of the findings and advice given.
In brief, most Postnatal women would benefit from a Mummy MOT!
It is very common for women to have postural changes, and weakness in their tummy or pelvic floor muscles after having had a baby. These weaknesses create instability, muscle imbalances, and poor core strength around the pelvis, which can cause back pain, pelvic pain, bladder and bowel weakness (leaking) and pelvic organ prolapse.
Identifying these muscle imbalances as early as possible can help avoid or reduce these symptoms.
Many women also feel that they want their body checked before returning to sport postnatally.
"After attending your Mummy MOT®, your Physiotherapist may recommend (if appropriate to you) the options of home exercises, Physiotherapy or Clinical Pilates follow ups, Group Pilates and/or working with a Personal Fitness Coach.
Mummy MOT® Practitioners work closely with Holistic Core Restore® Fitness Professionals, who are specially trained in Women's health with Burrell Education.
The Holistic Core Program continues on from the Mummy MOT® to improve functional strength for Mums while retraining the Pelvic Floor and reducing Diastasis Recti.
We are happy to recommend our local Holistic Core Restore® Coach Erica at Sussex Fitness.
Once your core is retrained to a good functional level, Erica from Sussex Fitness also runs boot camps that work you hard, but at the same time protect your pelvic health. There is no high impact work and it is suitable for all levels of fitness.