What separates Women’s Health Physiotherapy from more traditional Physiotherapy is that – as the name suggests – it provides Physio for specific Women’s Health issues that, by definition, tend not to affect men. Assessment, diagnosis and treatment is carried out by specialist Women’s Health Physios. Some of the conditions we treat most often include:
- Bowel issues
- Urinary and faecal incontinence
- Pelvic ﬂoor issues
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- Pelvic pain
- Menopausal incontinence and musculoskeletal issues
- Post-surgical rehabilitation
- Pain with Sex
We’re championing Physiotherapy for Women’s Health because we are appalled at the continuing shortfall in women’s health services in the UK. Awareness, education and access to treatment falls far behind other countries. Even the NHS accepts that we are not where we should be. For example, 1 in 3 women are living with urinary incontinence, 1 in 12 have faecal incontinence and 8 out of 10 women experience invasive menopause symptoms, to list just 3 of the most common issues. The scale of the issues is only matched by the lack of support available. (For context, of the 16 million women going through menopause or perimenopause fewer than 1.5% are on HRT, even though it’s safe for most women.)
At Ten, we think women have put up with this for too long. We believe that women deserve evidence-based advice and treatment and should not have to suffer in silence or feel embarrassed. And we – Ten’s specialist Women’s Health Physio’s – are here to help.
(For more information, read our blog post: 10 Women’s’ Health issues that women shouldn’t have to put up with, but all too often do.)
5 ways Ten are supporting Women’s Health with Physiotherapy.
1. Raising awareness of the issue
Through our press outreach, influencer and referral network we are vocal – and loud – about just how unacceptable we think it is in the 21st Century to still be normalising incontinence, pre and postnatal complications and menopausal problems. Or to expect women to suffer in silence or to be embarrassed to seek help – especially as so many of these issues are either preventable or treatable.
2. Access to specialist treatment and care across London
We have one of the largest teams of specialist Women’s Health Physiotherapists in London. We operate 11 locations across London, and our specialists are on site at almost all of them. Our Physiotherapists are registered with most major Private Health insurers.
3. We treat the cause of the condition, not just the symptoms
This approach underpins our overall Physiotherapy approach to assessment, diagnosis and treatment. In Women’s Health Physiotherapy, many of the most common issues are related to Pelvic Health, specifically to the strength and correct activation of the Pelvic Floor muscles. By helping our clients strengthen and use these muscles correctly, not only does this address any painful or embarrassing symptoms but the underlying cause can often be resolved.
4. Flexible appointment times to fit around careers and childcare
We provide Physio for women’s health 5 days a week, from early to late. Some locations also offer weekend sessions (with more to come). So you can arrange your sessions whenever’s convenient for you and your schedule.
5. Integrated services
What sets us apart from other Women’s Health Physiotherapy practices is that we don’t work in isolation. At Ten Health & Fitness, Physiotherapy for Women’s Health is part of an integrated approach to overall health and wellness – we call it our Circle of care. Our Women’s Health Physiotherapists work closely with our other experts – Pilates instructors, Rehab specialists, Clinical Exercise Physiologists, Massage Therapists and Personal Trainers. This enables us to create a multi-disciplinary approach for our clients that incudes treatment, corrective exercise and recovery, to create sustainable and long-term benefits.
Meet our specialists
Leanne has worked as a specialist Women’s Health Physiotherapist in the NHS and in private practice. She has a varied and wide range of experience, including the treatment of chronic pelvic pain, vulvodynia and vaginismus, incontinence, menopause symptoms, and endometriosis. She is a member of the Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy Society and the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists.
A Physiotherapist for over 10 years, Kendall has undergone specialist training via the Pelvic, Obstetrics and Gynecological Physiotherapy (POGP) society, completing numerous courses focusing on pregnancy related physiotherapy, female urinary dysfunction, and menopause. She is a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists.
A graduate of ESTeSL in Lisbon, Portugal, Evone started her career in 2004 in the Portuguese Armed Forces Hospital. She has extensive Physiotherapy experience and has undergone specialist Women’s Health training. She particularly enjoys working with pre and postnatal women, and women with complex pelvic conditions. Evone finds that many women still don't know that help is available, and is working tirelessly to resolve that! She is registered with Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy, Health and Care Professions Council and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
Olivia is passionate about increasing awareness of Women’s Health Physiotherapy to help women achieve small or big goals and ensure they reach their full potential. She enjoys treating pre and post-natal women as well as female athletes for musculoskeletal conditions and all women for pelvic floor related problems. Olivia is registered with Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy, Health and Care Professions Council and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
Sam has a BSc in physiotherapy and an MSc in sports and exercise physiotherapy from the University of Cape Town. She is a qualified pilates instructor and has worked with university and olympic rowers, rugby teams and hockey teams. Sam is passionate about returning women t sport and full function and has completed her Mummy MOT qualification. She is now expanding her knowledge to treat general pelvic health injuries as well as mens’ pelvic health issues. Sam is registered with Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy, Health and Care Professions Council and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
Louisa has worked with a diverse range of Musculoskeletal (MSK) and Women’s Health clients since graduating from her Masters at King’s College London in 2018. She is also a qualified Personal Trainer and Pilates Instructor and previously completed an undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Leeds. Louisa’s interest in Women’s Health developed whilst working with clients who fell pregnant whilst under her care. She realised that this client group felt overwhelmed and under supported whilst navigating pregnancy and the post-natal period, and she wanted to be part of the movement to close this gap. She endeavours to bring her expertise in exercise and rehabilitation to the Women’s Health world and help provide a better standard of care overall. Louisa is registered with Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy, Health and Care Professions Council and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
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