Newport Pagnell medical centre are pleased to announce a new private women's health service led by chartered physiotherapist, Lisa Schmitz. Around 1 in 4 women suffer with urinary incontinence at some stage in their life and improving pelvic floor muscle function is a key component in treating incontinence. Lisa has been working in private practice as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist for 14 years and has now further specialised into treating women's health problems.
A weak pelvic floor can lead to an involuntary loss of urine, or incontinence. It may only happen occasionally and may only be small amounts, but it can still affect your confidence and stop you doing everyday things such as travelling or taking part in sports.
Women of all ages may suffer from urinary incontinence symptoms at some point in their lives. Factors that may lead to weakened pelvic floor muscles include childbirth, heavy lifting, persistent constipation, a chronic cough or being overweight. Many women do not realise that a weak pelvic floor may be successfully treated through physiotherapy. Research shows that pelvic floor muscle exercises improve urinary stress incontinence in 79% of patients to the point where they don’t need surgery.
Most women can have improvement in their incontinence or prolapse issues with specific pelvic floor muscle strengthening exercises, irrespective of age, general fitness or level of activity. So don't suffer in silence and seek help from a women's health physiotherapist.
This service includes physiotherapy treatment for conditions such as:
Pelvic girdle pain
Acupuncture for incontinence
Pain or other gynaecological problems.
The hour-long assessment involves a thorough history and internal examination to accurately assess the strength of the pelvic floor muscles. A specific, detailed exercise program is then provided to enable sensible strengthening of the pelvic floor muscles. It normally takes about 3 months to achieve positive effects from pelvic floor muscle strengthening and usually 2-3 sessions of treatment are required in that time to assess and progress the exercises as necessary. Physiotherapy can also be extremely helpful in treating pelvic girdle pain especially post-natal pain or pain from other gynaecological problems. Muscle imbalance correction and core stability strengthening can be used, as well as acupuncture and other physiotherapy techniques.
New appointment (1 hour)
We understand that this may be a delicate issue for clients and therefore if you would first prefer to discuss any problems you may have and the possible treatment that may be available for you then feel free to call and we can arrange for Lisa to call you for a free completely confidential discussion to fully explain the treatment process and help you decide whether this is the treatment for you.
Women's Health appointments can be arranged on Tuesday evenings between 6 and 8 and Friday afternoons between 2.30 and 6.30.