Whalley Physiotherapy

Blog archive: Oct 2017

  • Are you laughing comfortably?

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    Are you laughing comfortably?

    You may not want to answer that question – you are not alone.

    Did you know that one in three women suffer from leakages (of urine) at some point during their life?

    And it can be at any age.

    This can be due to weakness of the pelvic floor muscles, linked to pregnancy, childbirth or the menopause; so it is easy to understand how widespread the problem is yet because of embarrassment it’s hidden away – a taboo subject.

    It is common to have urinary leakage with coughing, sneezing or during exercise and sport.

    Urgency or the need to rush to the loo to get there in time can also happen.  Also, it is easy to see how sex life may be affected by weakness of these important muscles – another subject difficult to discuss.

    The good news is that there is good evidence that exercise for the pelvic floor muscles provides a more safe and effective treatment, though complex conditions may require other avenues.

    Many women try but feel they don’t know if they are doing the exercises correctly and soon give up.

    The pelvic floor muscles need to work in the right way and the exercises need to be precisely done to be effective so it is best to be taught on an individual basis, and then follow an exercise plan.

    As with most things in life worth achieving, time and effort is needed to make a difference.

    P.S.  Men – you are not entirely exempt from developing problems, although it is less common.

    But you also do have a pelvic floor, so would benefit from exercises too.

    If you want some more information or assistance please contact Hilary, our pelvic floor specialist on 01254 82313

  • Feedback from Mrs S

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    Wow, what a lovely testimonial we have received from one of our wonderful patients Mrs S
    “I suffered a head injury and whiplash in February 2017 with bruising to the spine and back. In March I came for help but was scared to let anyone touch me in case of further damage to my body. Jane appreciated this and understood the need to negotiate my way back to fitness. Her concern instilled confidence in me and she made an assessment.
    The weekly care was a lifeline. I was housebound and isolated with slight memory loss, word confusion and disorientation. She allowed me to talk as she worked ‘hands on’.
    The chats were a therapeutic bonus and I found myself laughing again. Each week she reminded me of how far I’d come, how I was doing, and where I would be the next week.
    Simple exercises to do at home helped too, its been a long journey back to fitness.
    Its been worth every penny and I’m grateful to everyone for their care and attention.